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Civic body creates 816 posts of doctors in peripheral hospitals

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The Hindu       07.04.2017 

Civic body creates 816 posts of doctors in peripheral hospitals

Expected to take patient load from KEM, Sion and Nair

The BMC, in an attempt to boost civic health system, has created 816 posts of doctors at 16 peripheral hospitals in the city. These secondary-level hospitals have large buildings, but lack infrastructure and doctors. They will now be able to take the load of patients from the three main tertiary hospitals — KEM, Sion and Nair.

“All our peripheral hospitals are in prime locations, which are accessible for locals. We are now looking at using them to optimum level by improvising several aspects. To begin with, budgetary allocations have been made for hiring 816 doctors,” said BMC’s additional municipal commissioner Idzes Kundan, adding that the posts include those of postgraduate resident doctors, assistant medical officers, registrars, house officers, and teaching staff. “We are in the process of rolling out diploma courses in the peripheral hospitals. With the courses, we will automatically get resident doctors at work while they are pursuing the course.”

According to Ms. Kundan, several OPDs like ophthalmology, geriatrics and general medicine will be strengthened in the peripheral hospitals so that patients don’t have to come to the tertiary hospitals. “We are also looking at enhancing the infrastructure at the secondary-level hospitals.”

The civic body has a three-tier system to cater to the health needs of citizens. It has over 160 dispensaries at primary level, 16 peripheral hospitals at secondary level, and three main tertiary hospitals.

But lack of facilities in peripheral hospitals like Cooper in Vile Parle, Shatabdi in Kandivali, VN Desai in Santacruz, and Bhagwati in Borivali, which is currently shut for renovation, puts all the load on the three tertiary hospitals.

Activists have reiterated that the secondary level hospitals are a failure and because of this private nursing homes and small hospitals have mushroomed. Also, the decentralisation does not exist due to which patients who can be treated at the primary level land up in tertiary hospitals. The 1,800-bed KEM Hospital admitted 86,290 patients and treated over 19 lakh patients in OPD in 2016. The 1,750-bed Sion Hospital admitted 81,862 patients and treated over 22 lakh people in OPD.

“A large number of these patients come from distant suburbs,” said Dr. Avinash Supe, Dean of KEM Hospital, adding that all specialists in the peripheral hospitals are honorary doctors. “We are planning to set up proper units for various specialities just like the way we have in the tertiary hospitals.”


GHMC continues raids on hotels, checks meat quality

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The Hindu      07.04.2017 

GHMC continues raids on hotels, checks meat quality

Penalties imposed for unhyginic condition of kitchen

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) continued with its raids on hotels and restaurants to check for meat quality and their kitchens. On Thursday, the officials found that some of the managements of eateries were not using stamped meat and keeping their kitchens unhygienic. Fines were slapped against the hotel managements.

It was found that Allapur Saba Restaurant in Moosapet was preserving stale chicken and mutton. New Green Bawarchi in Vanasthalipuram was penalised Rs. 5,000 for unhygienic condition. Green Bawarchi of L.B. Nagar and Lothkunta was asked to pay Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 2000 respectively for using unstamped meat.

A sweet shop, Balaji Mitai Bhandar in Mansoorabad was imposed a fine of Rs. 2,000 for improper maintenance of their outlet.

Pebbals Bar and Restaurant in L.B. Nagar was fined Rs. 2,000 for not producing stamped meat and Pride of Hyderabad in Kukatpally levied Rs. 10,000 fine.

Golden Restaurant and Bar, Swetha Bar and Restaurant, Durga Bar and Restaurant, Grand 360 Hotel, Sydney Restaurant, Ahar Restaurant were imposed a compounding fees of Rs. 50,000 for using unstamped meat, maintaining unhygienic kitchen and using below 50 microns plastic covers.

The raids were carried out by the Deputy Commissioner and health and sanitation officials of the GHMC.


BBMP issues notices, squads to raid illegal meat shops

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The Times of India        06.04.2017

BBMP issues notices, squads to raid illegal meat shops

BENGALURU: The city corporation has drawn up a list of 250 illegal meat shops in the city and issued notices to them. It is in the process of forming two squads to conduct raids and enforce restrictions on animal slaughter.

More funds were allotted to the animal husbandry wing in the recent state budget. There are more than 3,600 meat shops in the city's eight zones. "There are many illegal shops as well. They do not have licences or violate norms set by the civic body.We have information about illegal slaughter of animals in areas like DG Halli. We will soon form two squads, which will have vehicles, to conduct surprise inspections and shut illegal meat shops," said Dr Sriram, in-charge and deputy director, animal husbandry, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

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BBMP's animal husband ry wing issues separate licences for shops for selling mutton, fish, chicken, beef, pork and eggs. There are two categories of licences: one for shops where fresh cut meat is sold (licence fee of Rs 2,000) and another for shops with cold storage facility (licence fee of Rs 10,000). The applicant has to get the consent of the owner of the building and neighbours.

For areas within Outer Ring Road, meat shops are allowed only if the road width is over 40ft. For areas beyond ORR, the road width has to be over 60ft. The animal husbandry wing checks cleanliness and hygiene of these shops. They are also responsible for issuing and renewing licenses.
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