The Pune district health department is alert and working diligently to inspect all health facilities under its jurisdiction to ensure availability of medicines, resources and manpower. A detailed report on the same will be submitted to the state government providing information on the preparedness of the facilities to handle emergencies and provide healthcare services, officials said.
The moves come after Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday held a video conference with senior officials of civic bodies and district collectors of the state. Shinde has directed district collectors to visit and inspect all government hospitals, municipal hospitals, Public Health Department hospitals and hospitals under the jurisdiction of medical colleges. They have been tasked with presenting a report on the current situation.
Dr Nagnath Yempalay, district civil surgeon, said, “We have enough stock of medicines, but the biggest challenge is cleaning. We have instructed officials to focus on cleanliness and provide quality health treatment,” he said.
CM Shinde issued orders following the incident that took place at Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital, Nanded, where 38 patients, including babies, allegedly died due to shortage of staff and medicines, sparking outrage.
Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health officer Dr Kalpana Baliwant said two health assistants, Dr Rajesh Dighe and Dr Vidya Nagmode, have been appointed to conduct inspections of all care facilities administered by PMC and submit a report.
“We have already analyzed inpatients and outpatients visiting PMC hospitals. Based on this, we are going to reorganize hospital staff according to patient load,” she said.
Dr Laxman Gophane, health officer of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), said PCMC-run hospitals have adequate staff and medicines in their facilities. “Inspections are conducted periodically to improve the quality of care provided to patients at our facilities.”