PMC chalks out plan to upgrade maternity homes

Published: Dec 27, 2012, 07:51 IST | Anup Satphale |

A week after MiD Day did a series highlighting pathetic condition of the 14 PMC-run maternity homes, Chief Health Officer ordered an independent survey of the maternity homes and assured that operation theatres would be functional soon

The CHO claimed that a proposal to purchase laboratory equipment was submitted.

Hope floats: Operation theatre at Phule maternity home needs to be sterilised, for which it has been waiting for two years now. file pic

Operation theatres
Soon after Mid Day published a four part series on the poor condition of the PMC-run 14 maternity homes, Deputy Health Officer Anjali Sabane visited the maternity homes and suggested necessary changes be carried out at the earliest.

“As per the visit, we will be starting operation theatres after fumigation so that tubectomy can be performed at these operations centres,” Sabane said.

S T Pardeshi, acting health officer, said, “We are appointing five new radiologists to perform sonography at several maternity homes so that women don’t have go to other PMC or private hospitals.”

At present, there is only one radiologist who performs sonographies at various maternity homes.

MiD DAY’s report on December 18

The series also highlighted lack of pathology services at most of the maternity homes that resulted in delay in issuing reports. Pardeshi said the civic body would be buying new instruments that would be installed at various maternity homes.

“We are going to buy various instruments so that several tests, including hemogram and ECG, can be performed.
CCTV Commenting on the unavailability of CCTV cameras at maternity homes, Pardeshi said the cameras were must and the PMC had proposed a budget for the same.

“Picture will be clear by the next month. We are also planning to install fire extinguishers,” Pardeshi said.

Caesarean facility
The PMC is now planning to have C-section facility at seven maternity homes to convenience patients.

“Presently, very few maternity homes have this facility. Hence we want to ensure that at least seven hospitals are able to perform C-section so that number of patients referred to others hospitals decreases,” Sabne said.

Considering the staff crunch, the PMC planned to hire 206 people, comprising doctors, nurses, technicians and medical experts. 

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