BMC is in the process of adding 100 beds for patients who need dialysis but cannot afford treatment at private hospitals.
On August 3,BMC will inaugurate a dialysis centre at M W Desai Hospital (Malad),the first from among seven tenders it gave on PPP basis.
We came up with the model when we realised more centres were needed, said BMCs additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar.
The cost of dialysis will vary from as low as Rs 250 to around Rs 450. The space for the centres will be given at Re 1 per sq ft and the contract will be for 10 years.
In phase I, 50 beds will be made available at seven centres. Each bed will handle two-three patients a day. In phase II,50 more beds will be added at two centres (trauma hospital in Jogeshwari and Shatabdi hospital in Kandivali).
The seven centres in Phase I are MW Desai Hospital (Malad),Rajawadi Hospital,Shatabdi Hospital (Govandi),VN Desai Hospital (Santacruz),Bhabha Hospital (Kurla),MT Agrawal Hosptial (Mulund) and SK Patil Hospital (Malad).
This PPP initiative was launched by the civic body in 2010. Following a poor response from NGOs,BMC decided to roll out new tenders in 2012.
Currently,the two centres in Borivali are run by Neminath Jain foundation.