Civic body plans to develop three-tier healthcare system

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AURANGABAD: With the state government having recently approved the proposal, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) may soon get a full-fledged 300-bedded hospital once the Centre too gives its nod. Medical health officer in the AMC, Jayashree Kulkarni, said that the civic body had recently resolved all the queries raised by K H Govind Raj – commissioner, department of Family Welfare, Maharashtra government.

The Centre will now take a final call on the issue in coming days and may release fund anytime (2014-15, 2015-16 or 2016-17). But the AMC is optimistic that the fund will be released in the current financial year. “The chances of the project approval are quite high and we may get the fund in the current financial year,” she said.

The AMC has asked for Rs 150 crore if the government approves the project in 2014-15. If it is to be approved in 2015-16, the AMC would need Rs 172 crore and the same project would require Rs 198 crore in 2016-17.

Under the central government’s national urban health mission (NUHM), the AMC has planned a slew of projects to change the face of healthcare system in the city in next three years.

Besides the 300-bedded super specialty hospital, it is also looking at creating more health care centres and new general hospitals.

“We have proposed a three-tier healthcare system to strengthen primary health centres, general hospitals and built a new super specialty hospital,” Kulkarni said.

The NUHM is a healthcare programme of the Union government to be implemented simultaneously in various cities across the country. In July 2013, the civic body had submitted the project implementation plan (PIP) of Rs 43.38 crore to the state government.

Recently the AMC has received a fund of Rs 4.39 crore as the first installment for last quarter of 2013-14. Funds for current and following fiscal are yet to be released.

Source: TimesofIndia

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