The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is all set to convert its sole eye hospital into a multispeciality. It will construct a 17- storey building near Kamathipura. The hospital will have three dedicated floors for cancer palliative care for the first time in public hospitals.
It can accommodate 51 patients. The Murli Deora Eye Hospital, located on Grant Road’s Maulana Shaukat Ali Marg, caters to poor patients who need ophthalmology treatment.
The eye hospital sees around 200 patients in the outpatient department every day. Since it is the sole civic-run eye hospital in the city, there was a long pending demand to convert it into a multispeciality one.
Accordingly, the BMC has decided to construct ground plus 16-storey hospital in the area of 8644.89 sqm. A nearby land has been taken by the BMC for the expansion of the eye hospital.
The estimated cost of the project is around Rs. 84 crore. Apart from healthcare for cancer patients, there will be dispensary, two floors for ophthalmology department, OPD, dialysis centre, chemotherapy, two training centres.
The hospital will have altogether 102 beds. The BMC has invited a tender in second week of June. It will be the first civic-run hospital to provide palliative care to cancer patients in the city.
The palliative care centre will provide medical services to those patients who are on last stage of cancer and will help them to improve their quality of life, said the health official.