Started with an aim of sprucing up health-care services in the eastern suburbs, the BMC-run Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar started functioning in the late 1950s. Over the years, the hospital structure and premises are languishing as several proposals and agreements to upgrade facilities have been gathering dust.
On October 11, the BMC issued a show cause notice to DY Patil group in Navi Mumbai for not honouring the agreement signed between the two parties to for the hospital revamp. In exchange of DY Patil Medical College sending its post-graduate students to Rajawadi Hospital for training, it had to construct a 200-bed super specialty hospital in the campus including casualty, trauma units, lecture hall, an auditorium and hostel facilities. “While the agreement was signed in 1992, none of the services have been provided. The BMC has sent a show cause notice to the DY Patil group to explain malfeasance on their account,” said Dr Mahendra Wadiwalla, medical superintendent, Rajawadi Hospital.
BMC corporator Ashwin Vyas, believes that steps initiated by the civic body have come a little too late. “The BMC has not ensured compliance of the fact that the DY Patil group had to donate Rs50,000 worth of books to library every year. Also of the 72,000 sqft area that had to be utilised for construction, just 39,000 sqft has been developed,” said Vyas.
Over the past 40 years, the bed capacity of the hospital has not been increased and remains frozen at 580 beds, in spite of the burgeoning population in eastern suburbs, which has crossed 30 lakhs in the latest BMC census conducted in 2011. “Those injured in railway accidents between Kurla and Mulund are brought to Rajawadi Hospital,” said a doctor requesting anonymity.
A 40-year-old Govandi resident Mubinjaheera Sayyed died in November last year because neurosurgery facilities were not available at the hospital. “We were asked to arrange our own ambulance and ferry the patient,” said Nadir Ali, Sayyed’s brother.
The hospital premises stinks with leaking sewage pipes, stagnating water and overflowing biomedical waste dumped in the open. “We will immediately mobilise the biomedical dump to be moved in a room. Also, we have contacted the ward officer to conduct a structural audit of hospital buildings to fix the leaks,” said Dr Wadiwalla.
Serving for years
The land on which over six structures of Rajawadi Hospital stands today belonged to King Gaikwad of Baroda.
It was acquired by the Bombay Municipal Corporation in 1950.
The hospital took eight years to be constructed and started functioning in 1958.
In 1976, it underwent an expansion with bed strength rising to 570.
Over 40 years, the bed strength of the hospital has not been upgraded substantially.