Why are BMC officers frequenting city spas?

Civic body authorities carry out survey of spas, wellness, ayurveda centres in the city to check how many such institutes would fall under their control, once the Clinical Establishments Act comes into force

Medical officers from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are busy spending their time at spas, wellness and ayurveda centres. But for those who think the officials are merely relaxing, they are mistaken.

They are carrying out a survey of the various spas, naturopathy, ayurvedic centers and wellness clinics mushrooming across the city in order to find the number of institutes that would fall under the Central government's Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act.

Senior officials had a meeting with the medical officers on Monday asking them to find the number of such centres operating in each ward. "In anticipation of the Act coming into force from April, we are carrying out a complete survey to check how many institutes would fall under the purview of the Act," said Dr Santosh Revankar, deputy executive health officer, BMC.

According to the Act, all such centres operating would fall under the civic health department and allow the officials from the BMC to carry out inspections and keep a check on their functioning, said a BMC official.
"By making these centres fall under the act, we will be able to keep a check on the activities and carry out regular inspections just like we do at eateries," explained a health officer. The officer added that even blood banks fall under the control of the BMC.

Not all happy
However, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) is upset with the stipulations of the Act, as they claim that it puts all branches of medicine under the purview of a single Act, which is unfair, as the branches vary from each other in many different ways. "This act will allow ayurveda, naturopathy centres and spas to equate themselves with hospitals and nursing homes," said Dr S Uttare, former president of IMA.

Maldives spas reopen for business
A ban on luxury spas at hotels and massage parlours in the Maldives was lifted on Wednesday under pressure from the country's key tourism industry a week after it was imposed as part of an effort to curb perceived vice.

"We have lifted the ban and all the services will be available for tourists," said President Nasheed.

He said he ordered the ban in response to the calls by the main opposition party, which claimed the spas
were fronts for prostitution and led to the spread of drugs and alcohol among locals.

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