BMC again extends the start date for "Hinduhridayasamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Health Centers"

by Web Desk | Published: 15 Sep 2022

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The Hinduhridayasamrat Balasaheb Thackeray (HBT) health centres will be established by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation on private land that has been requested by them. For the third time in a row, the opening date for the centres has been postponed. Originally, the opening of the centres was scheduled for July 4th, but that date was changed to the second week of September. But as of late, the authorities have promised to begin them in October. The lack of locations for which the government has constituted a three-member committee to contact private landowners was blamed by officials for the delay.
 
"At the moment, we are seeking a space that is already under construction so that we may begin the HBT clinics, but none have come our way. For each clinic, we need between 600 and 800 square feet of space, which will be rented, according to an officer. The HBT clinic will treat minor illnesses, but patients will be directed to the closest HBT polyclinic if the condition is serious and requires the skills of a gynecology or paediatrics, MD physician, dermatologist, cardiologist, etc.
 
The polyclinics are presently hiring physiotherapists, general practitioners, orthopaedic and dermatology specialists, ENT specialists, ophthalmologists, paediatricians, gynaecologists, and obstetricians. The clinics will open in two parts, with 50 opening in slum areas in the first phase by the end of next month, and the remaining 100 opening in the second phase, according to Additional Municipal Commissioner Dr. Sanjeev Kumar. "The clinics in slum regions will offer cutting-edge amenities that will serve a large number of needy patients. Additionally, it will relieve some of the strain on city hospitals, he added.
 
At these BMC-run centres, up to 139 medical tests would reportedly be given away free of charge. The polyclinics will be open in two shifts from 7 am to 10 pm. The dispensaries will treat general illnesses, while the polyclinics known as Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray polyclinics will offer specialised consultations in fields including ENT, ophthalmology, paediatrics, and gynaecology.
 
34 of the total clinics will be polyclinics, and 227 will be built in the city's eastern and western suburbs. The state administration announced in a statement that the clinics would be run in two different ways: concrete cabins and portacabins. One clinic will serve every 25–30,000 persons. An MBBS physician, a nurse, a pharmacist, and multipurpose staff members will be present in each clinic. A population of 2.5–3 lakh people will be served by the polyclinic.