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Lens on MBMC Hospital after girl's shocking death, Sena threatens agitation

Thursday, September 14, 2017
By Suresh Golani

The tragic and untimely death of a 17-year-old  girl admitted to the Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Civic Hospital in Bhayandar, allegedly due to negligence has exposed the fragile health care facilities provided by the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC).  Vaishali Dumbre (17) who was suffering from fever had gone for a check-up to the hospital on Monday. It has been alleged that for a long time doctors were unavailable and a few nurses who were present got her admitted and initiated primary treatment. Finally at around 9 pm, doctors advised her family to shift her to Centenary Hospital in Kandivali as her platelet count and blood pressure had dropped sharply. While the girl was being shifted, her condition worsened and she was taken to a nearby private hospital where doctors declared her dead on arrival. While the kin of the deceased girl  hold the doctors at the MBMC hospital responsible for her death, the authorities gave a stereotype reply that a probe was on into the matter. “I have already ordered the deputy civic chief to conduct a probe and table a report.  I am personally looking into the matter, action will be taken accordingly.” said civic chief Dr. Naresh Gite.
When contacted Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik said that he would take up the issue with the health minister. “Patients, especially from the lower economic strata of the society, come to the MBMC  hospital with hope, the civic administration should ensure that they get timely and proper treatment.”
said BJP corporator Dipika Arora. “ Condemning the fatal lapse which led to the death of the girl, Shiv Sena corporator Neelam Dhawan demanded a detailed probe into the matter, otherwise her party will have no option but to launch an agitation in true Sena style. 

100-Bed Hospital Sans ICU!
With an average occupancy rate of 65%, the 100-bed hospital is not only ill-equipped but is facing an acute staff crunch posing immense difficulties to patients. With a staff strength of just 70 including 5 casualty medical officers and an equal number of consultants who work on a rotation basis, the hospital does not have a single ICU to handle emergency cases. “The hospital is in transition mode and will shortly be taken over by the state paving way for an expansion and upgradation of services.” said a MBMC officer. “How many more deaths do we need to wake up the administration from its prolonged slumber?” questioned social crusader-Rohit Suvarna while blaming the pass-the-buck game being played in the name of transition.

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