October 6, 2016 2:12:44 am
IN A bid to provide an easy platform for the public to get information on the status of the city’s public health service apparatus, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to restart the health newsletter after a gap of several years.
Dr Avinash Supe, director of tertiary care and medical education in the BMC, said the format for the bulletin is being finalised and it will be launched soon. “It will be either be a half-yearly or a yearly newsletter,” Supe said.
The BMC health news bulletin was a regular practice until a decade ago. The bulletin used to make public details on all its hospitals, admissions and deaths recorded there, dispensaries and their respective OPD patients and various disease trends in the city. According to Dr Shubha Raul, former BMC mayor, the bulletin came to an abrupt end few years ago. “It was helpful in analysing how a disease is progressing in various wards,” she said.
The data also gave a picture of disease burden in various areas of the city. For instance, based on cases of cholera burden in a particular ward, attention could be paid to water supply in that region by civic officials. Residents of the city would also get access to the newsletter to understand the trend of ailments in the city and the burden on each hospital.
A collective decision to start the newsletter again was taken at the health committee meeting last month. With this, we won’t need to keep asking the civic health department to furnish information time and again,” said Dr Ram Barot, member of the health committee.
Mumbai is already a hotbed for tuberculosis and has witnessed a rising incidents of dengue in the last five years. The newsletter would give a comprehensive report on each disease.”In the annual BMC report, there is little space to put all details of the health department. With the dedicated bulletin, we can now do that,” Supe, also dean of KEM hospital, added.
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