Chunks of concrete falling from the roof endanger patients, staff at Vikhroli's Jyotiba Phule Hospital

The Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Hospital in Vikhroli (East) has been in need of major repairs for over a year now, and residents have regularly complained about the state of disrepair at the civic hospital. Now, the Vikhroli Nagarik Manch residents' organisation has written a letter to the BMC asking for permission to conduct 'shramdan' and repair the hospital.

"When it rains heavily, the hospital administration has to temporarily shut down the operation theatre because of leakage. Staff members constantly complain about leakage in the medicine store as well. We visited the men's general ward on Sunday evening and saw water there," said Pravin Yadav of the residents' body.

"Chunks of plaster and concrete fall from the roof. The structure is in bad shape. We have to clean the mess when it collapses, but once, when chunks fell, my colleague was injured. We have requested our seniors in the hospital to undertake urgent repairs," an ayah who works in the hospital said on condition of anonymity.

The hospital has a capacity of around 100 beds and caters to patients from the eastern suburbs. Shiv Sena coporator Upendra Sawant of Ward No 118 (Vikhroli) has also been raising the issue of patients' safety for the last few months.

"I have asked them to put a plastic sheet on the terrace for temporary relief. Half of the terrace has been covered, and soon the rest will be covered too," Sawant told Mumbai Mirror.

In a written response to the Vikhroli Nagarik Manch, the hospital's chief medical officer said: "The hospital's repairs are under review by the Health Infrastructure Cell (HIC). The budget proposal has been made and it will take some time to complete the tender process. Repairs will start after the tender process is completed."

But Assistant Commissioner Bhagyashree Kapse said that when work is undertaken by the HIC, there is no provision for a separate budget from the ward office. "But I will send officers tomorrow to take stock of the situation and review if we can do anything there on a priority basis," Kapse said.

"Along with experts, we will fill the cracks in the hospital structure if the situation is not improved soon," said Sunita Bhalerao, a member of the Vikhroli Nagarik Manch. – Mumbai Mirror 


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