Following instructions from the Bombay High Court, the state government will now have to consider the application of Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children (BJWHC), which has sought nod to start a pediatric organ transplant centre, by March 16. The hospital also said it would perform 900 surgeries a year in a special pediatric department.
“A new exclusive pediatric cardiac surgery department is being added for the first time, for which part of the equipment and funds have already been received from donors. This cardiac unit will cater to at least 900 surgeries a year, with a survival rate of 80 per cent, bringing the waiting list down in other government hospitals. Thus helping to save more lives,” said Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO of the hospital in an affidavit.
Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice B P Colabawalla had said that if the state failed to consider the hospital’s plea by March 16, 2015, principal secretary of the department concerned will have to remain present in the court.
A PIL was filed in High Court calling for the reopening of BJWHC in Parel at the earliest. The hospital was closed for renovation in 2009 and since then it had been functioning in the next compound.
Dr Bodhanwala, in an affidavit, said that they have managed to raise Rs 27.9 crore for the hospital’s repairs, without any help from the BMC, which jointly runs the hospital along with the Wadia Trust.
She suggested that the cost of repairs and refurbishment for 2014-15 and 2015-16 would be Rs 15 crore and Rs 13 crore, respectively. “It may be noted that in providing for the requirement of funds, no contribution has been relied upon from BMC,” she said in her affidavit. The hospital’s application seeking the state’s nod has been pending since July 31, 2014. In addition, the affidavit also criticised the approach of the civic body when it came to giving funds to the hospital for repairs. “Corporation has unduly delayed in making contributions on time and further disallowed amounts towards repairs,” it alleged.