To handle the large number of patients who would be possibly visiting the civil hospital during the forthcoming Kumbh Mela, the hospital has started taking steps to decentralize its services. For the purpose, it has formed a surgical mobile unit that visits rural hospitals at the taluka level and performs surgeries. During the past one month in places such as Niphad, Vani, Chandwad, etc the unit has performed over 30 surgeries.
District civil surgeon Eknath Male said, "Preparation in view of the Kumbh mela is underway at the civil hospital. The construction of a 200-bed extension building is underway on the premises of the hospital and it is likely to be completed by May next year. We have initiated steps to decentralize the services to save the patients from the hassles of coming all the way to the city for surgeries and prevent overcrowding."
Doctors at taluka level have been asked to keep the patients ready for surgeries on the day of the visit of the surgical mobile unit. Male further added, "This way, we are making complete use of the infrastructure, equipment and staff at rural hospitals. We have also asked our higher offices to provide a dedicated team for the surgical mobile unit. Moreover, we are also contemplating to rope in private doctors to perform surgeries at the rural hospital on honorarium basis."
Officials said that as of now, the civil hospital was overcrowded with patients. Many times, the hospital was left with no option than to make arrangements for the patients on the floor or shift them in some other wards, which only increases the chances of infection and other complexions.
Officials said if a dedicated staff even on contractual basis and the required equipment is provided, the surgical mobile unit can work in different parts of the district.
Male added that senior officials of the National Rural Health Mission have supported the idea and have asked to take the necessary steps in this direction.