A slew of health measures have been planned for the year.
Health minister Suresh Shetty assured that the Jeevandayi Health Scheme operational in eight districts for people below the poverty line, covering surgery and therapy for various diseases, will be expanded.
Already, 22,000 surgeries have been performed under the scheme. At the civic body level, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) recently set up an infant mortality audit committee. The early results of the committee’s study is expected to help shape interventions at civic level.
Besides, this year, the PMC’s new laboratory at Salunke Vihar will offer facilities to citizens who wish to get their water and food samples tested at nominal rates. Dog menace is expected to come under control with plans to construct additional dog ponds near Naidu Hospital near Pune Station.
PMC’s new scheme will offer free health check-ups to senior citizens at its 34 civic dispensaries, one hospital and 14 maternity homes.
Many reforms are expected to bring the falling child-sex-ratio under control. The 16-storey building at Sassoon General Hospital that will house several new specialty departments is expected to be ready in 2013. The hospital received more than Rs5.5crore to set up a specialised trauma centre to come up by next year. The long-pending Rs350-crore project to modernise Command Hospital operated by the armed forces is expected to take off this year.