Mumbai: BMC hospitals witness maximum patients with psychological disorders

Apr 16, 2018, 17:45 IST | Mid-day online desk

The report is based on an extensive research conducted over a period of two years on the types of ailments and morbidity patterns of patients admitted to municipal health centres

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Majority of patients admitted to municipal healthcare centres in Mumbai for treatment are diagnosed with psychological disorders, said a civic report. The patients also suffer from high blood pressure and diabetes.

The report is based on an extensive research conducted over a period of two years on the types of ailments and morbidity patterns of patients admitted to municipal health centres.

According to the report, 31 percent of the patients admitted to these hospitals suffered from psychological disorders followed by high blood pressure and diabetes (23 percent each).

Patients with dog/other animal bites comprised 9.95 percent. Rest of the patients were admitted for treatment for dengue, asthma, and malaria, among others, it said. The exercise was carried out by civic health officials on instructions of municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta.

The quantitative data for the report was collected between October 2015 and September 2017 from all the three levels of healthcare facilities run by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), said a statement issued by the civic body. These facilities consist of 175 dispensaries (primary level), 15 peripheral hospitals (secondary) and four tertiary
care hospitals - KEM, Nair, Sion and Cooper.

During the two analyzed years, the quantitative (retrospective) data of 72.61 lakh patients admitted in civic-run health centres were collected, the statement said. Besides, qualitative (prospective) data were collected for seven days in November 2017 from all the three levels of healthcare facilities run by the MCGM, it said.

Patterns of diseases of a total of 73.74 lakh patients were analyzed and discussed at a workshop recently organised at the LTMG Sion Hospital. The report, titled, "Study of the Morbidity Patterns in the MCGM healthcare facilities of City of Mumbai", has been submitted to the BMC administration, a senior civic official said.

Mehta will conduct a special meeting on the report, he said. The objectives of the research were to study the disease pattern in the city, assess drug requirements and suggest measures to improve delivery of medical services and health infrastructure facilities run by the MCGM, he said.

"The findings will help policymakers take decisions to improve the health of residents of Mumbai in the light of changing morbidity patterns.

"They will also help in understanding the requirements of patients, pharmacists, and doctors in healthcare centres," he said.

Also Read: Self-Esteem Key To Treat Mental Health Patients: Study

Edited by mid-day online desk, with inputs from PTI

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