Pune: Pune District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat appealed to affluent people in the city to come forward and help society. He was addressing a gathering after the inauguration of the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) donated by Mukul Madhav Foundation at two Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) run hospitals.
The 12-bed units at the Late Rajiv Gandhi Hospital in Yerawada and at the Chandumama Sonwane Maternity Hospital in Bhawani Peth were inaugurated on Saturday.
During his address, Bapat focused on various issues poor people face and how rich and affluent people can help them to solve it.
“Lack of early and affordable treatment takes the lives of thousands of premature babies. Poor people hesitate to visit hospitals due to the high cost of treatment. This results in delay of treatment and, hence, we see neo-natal deaths. There were 6,000 deaths per year. The number of premature deaths is still high but if people donate such facilities, this will reduce premature deaths,” said Bapat.
During the inauguration, Ritu Chhabria, Managing Trustee, Mukul Madhav Foundation, said, “The NICUs comply with global clinical standards and are equipped with advanced technology to facilitate specialised care for the infants. We have chosen PMC hospitals, as they offer free healthcare services to pregnant women, labourers and patients especially from the downtrodden sections of our society.”
The setting up of the NICUs is a part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which Mukul Madhav Foundation signed with the PMC in December 2017 in order to undertake the NICU project.
The NICUs boast of advanced equipment like radiant warmers, phototherapy machines, oxygen cylinders and bubble Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines as well as facilities like fully equipped air conditioner (AC) rooms, triage rooms, isolation rooms, counselling rooms and treatment rooms.
Additional facilities at the NICUs include separate special care room for mothers and waiting areas for fathers, restrooms for doctors and nurses, advanced fire protection equipment and CCTV. After sterilising, these units will become fully operational by May 10.
Among various dignitaries present were Mukta Tilak, Mayor, Pune, Saurabh Rao, Commissioner of PMC and Prakash Chhabria, Executive Chairman, Finolex Industries Ltd.