Mumbai get’s its 5th med college, named after Balasaheb Thackeray

Will be a great boon to people in Western suburbs

Mumbai: Governor C Vidyasagar Rao said on Sunday that a master plan is needed to upgrade major hospitals in the city since the population has grown rapidly in the last few years.

He was speaking on the occasion of the naming of the medical college attached to Cooper Hospital at Juhu as the Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Medical College. This is the fifth medical college to be started and run by the municipal corporation and is the first one to be located in the Western suburbs.

The Governor said the starting of this medical college is a great boon to the residents of Western suburbs. “It is well known that Balasaheb loved this city and worked for the poor and the working class,” he said. But while the population of the city was around 12.40 lakh in 1947, this has now grown to more than one crore. And the result is that there are a huge number of patients in the hospitals and the outpatients departments are always overflowing, he added.

Rao further suggested that the administration must also try to involve the corporate sector in the development of the hospitals. “The corporate sector is now supposed to spend 2 percent of their profits on social activities. Hence, I feel that a plan should be made to attract the corporate sector,” he said. Another suggestion he made was that nurses working in various hospitals should be known as `assistant to doctor’ since this will help to improve their morale.

Speaking at the occasion, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that Balasaheb was not just a political leader and his work went far beyond this. “In fact, our party does only 20 percent politics and 80 percent social work,” he said. They have started various initiatives like ambulance service and blood donation camps and have always tried to serve the poor.

Uddhav recalled the episode when film actor Amitabh Bachchan was injured on the sets of `Coolie’ and had to be taken to hospital for treatment. “Since he was quite tall no ambulance was able to carry him and we finally managed to locate a vehicle in Girgaum for this purpose,” he said.

The leader said that it is a matter of great happiness that the municipal corporation has started a medical college in the city since this will benefit young students. “The municipal corporation has an annual health budget of around Rs 3,500 crore and only gets a revenue of Rs 300 crore from this,” he said.

Earlier, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta said there are plans to have a new building in the college campus and this will be used to provide further facilities for the patients. “The municipal corporation has made a major contribution to providing medical education in undergraduate and post graduate courses in the state,” he said. At the same time, they are making all efforts to strengthen medical services in the Western and the eastern suburbs, he revealed.

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