AFTER a five-year delay in redevelopment, the city’s first public-private partnership hospital is also set to soon offer the largest number of neonatal intensive care unit beds in the city. The Bai Jerbai Wadia hospital, set to reopen this June, will have 150 NICU beds for newborns.
Until now, fewer city hospitals cater to newborns requiring critical care. While Surya Childcare, in Santacruz, has 75 NICU beds, BMC-run KEM and Sion Hospital each have 40. With the reopening of Wadia’s children unit, the city will have over 400 NICU beds to cater to over 50,000 births every year.
According to Ness Wadia, a member of the board at the charitable hospital, the redevelopment of the 1929 built hospital is nearing its completion and the 300-bed facility will soon start in Parel.
The hospital’s two buildings — Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital and Jerbai Wadia Children’s hospital — were built in 1926 and 1929 in Victorian architectural style. Since 2010, the 300-bed children’s hospital has been shifted to the 300-bed maternity hospital after it required large scale repair work.
The grade II-B heritage structure, however, underwent procedural delay when its file got stuck at Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC), which approves development or structural changes of heritage buildings.
In 2012, the hospital had requested the MHCC to downgrade its heritage tag so that it could proceed with repair work.
The new hospital will also have a paediatric cardiology department along with state-of-the-art equipment to handle critical newborns.
At the hospital’s 90th anniversary, medical education minister Vinod Tawde had said how the entire slum inhabitants in Parel would visit Wadia for delivery.
“Among them was also a boy whose mother delivered in Wadia. That boy is now a minister,” he had said, referring to himself.