The Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) has now decided to focus on health care in Aundh, Baner and Balewadi areas. The authorities will start outpatient department (OPD) and diagnostic centers in these localities.
At present, there is only Aundh Kutir Rugnalay in the area and the facility is run by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). The huge number of residents has increased by leaps and bounds, and therefore there is an urgent need for more health care centers. The new facilities will be started within three months, said PSCDCL officials.
Rajendra Jagtap, chief executive officer, PSCDCL, informed, “Under the Smart City programme, we learned that there is a dearth of health care facilities in areas such as Aundh, Baner and Balewadi. We found out that only one facility caters to a large number of patients. Therefore, we decided to at least start providing basic health care facilities in these areas.”
The authorities will open one clinic each in Baner and Balewadi and later add three more to all, including Aundh. Jagtap continued, “After findings, we made changes to the original plan and health care has now become a part of it. Initially, we will start one clinic in Baner and Balewadi. Later, we will add three more for Aundh, Baner and Balewadi residents. The infrastructure will be set up by us, and hospital staff including helpers, pharmacists, doctors, nurses, etc., will be appointed with the help of the PMC. Additional staff will be taken from the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) programme.”
These clinics will provide treatment to patients on OPD-basis and the diagnostic centers will be utilised to get various tests done. “The timing of these clinics will be extended and will primarily function from 3 pm to 10 pm so that people after their office hours can also visit. The current PMC-run Aundh Kutir Rugnalay will also be upgraded by us,” Jagtap added.
Dr Anjali Sabne, assistant health chief, PMC, said, “There is no facility of health care in these areas as of now. We will provide staff, medicines and consumables for these centers.” – India Times