Expansion likely for civic-run Akurdi hospital

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PUNE: The hospital run by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) in Akurdi may be expanded as the corporators have proposed partial changes in reservation of the land adjacent to the hospital.

The hospital is located less than half a km away from Khandobamal chowk on the Pune-Mumbai highway in Akurdi. At preset, it lacks space to open new facilities like an X-Ray department among medical units. Around 250 patients visit the out patient department (OPD) everyday. Also, the hospital does not have a parking space as ambulances are parked on the roads.

The corporators have submitted a proposal to the general body to change the land use near the hospital. The proposed land for the expansion has been earmarked for a secondary school. “Considering the future needs, the services of the hospital need to be expanded. The civic body has partially acquired land for secondary school. However, the land needs to be reserved for expansion of Akurdi hospital. The municipal commissioner needs to be granted the powers to undertake action to reserve this land for the hospital,” the proposal said.

An official from the PCMC’s town planning department said the civic body has acquired a total of 12,108sqm land adjacent to the Akurdi hospital. If the general body approves the proposal, the civic administration will invite suggestions and objections for using 4,851sqm of the land for the expansion work. Accordingly, a proposal for change in land reservation will be sent to the state government for the final approval.

“This is a 25-bed hospital with a birth and death registration department along with paediatric and gynaecology departments. The civic body cannot start facilities at the hospital due to non-availability of space,” Reena Gambhir, in-charge of the Akurdi hospital, said.

Currently, the PCMC runs a 650-bed multi-speciality Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial hospital (YCMH) in Pimpri, which caters to patients from the municipal limits as well as other parts of the district. As a result, the wards and the intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital are always occupied. The corporation runs five small hospitals at Yamunanagar, Akurdi, Sangvi, Bhosari, and Jijamata hospital in Pimpri. Former municipal commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi had emphasized on the need to develop these small hospitals to provide better healthcare facilities to local citizens and reduce the load on YCMH.

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