Sixteen neonatal ventilators will be provided to all major civic-run hospitals. The ventilators will be provided to KEM, Sion, Nair and Cooper Hospital, and this service will be provided to common people at affordable rates. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) health department has noted that there were a number of cases related to pre-mature babies who required a ventilator to help them breathe. There is a huge gap between demand and supply in regard to neonatal ventilators. So, since there are cases noted by the department, the BMC has decided to purchase 16 neonatal ventilators.
Dr Avinash Supe, director of all major civic-run hospitals said, “There were few cases where we could not admit babies and send them for better paediatric care due to lack of neonatal ventilators. Taking note of such instances, we have decided to get 16 neonatal ventilators in major civic-run hospitals to strengthen our paediatric medical system.” Dr Jayashree Mondkar, dean of Sion Hospital, said, “Babies who are born prematurely or have birth defects often have underdeveloped organs such as lungs and have trouble breathing because of which they need ventilators.” – Asian Age