On World Oral Health Day,dental patients frequenting Pimpri-Chinchwad’s biggest hospital — the Yeshwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital — have something to cheer. After over a decade,the dental unit located on first floor of YCM hospital is in for a makeover. The hospital management has moved a proposal before PCMC administration seeking advanced equipment,facility and also additional staff. The proposal is likely to be approved as the PCMC administration is under pressure to provide improved healthcare facilities to citizens.
As of now,the dental unit looks crammed for space. There is only one dental surgeon in Dr Yashwant Ingle (BDS) who conducts eight major operations and at least 20 minor surgeries every month. Under him,there are five doctors who have been taken on contract. Everyday 70 patients take treatment at the outpatient department. Most of the time,you will spot patients getting uneasy and feeling bored sitting for hours outside the dental unit. The dental chairs are over a decade old and provide no comfort to the patients. Hospital staffers said all the equipment are old,non functional and need to be replaced urgently. “Despite rapid advancement in the dental field,latest equipment and machineries are not available with us,” said hospital staffers.
Dr Ingle,who is dental unit incharge,said his department has already forwarded the list of important facilities that are urgently required. “For instance,take the X-ray machine. Here the latest development helps us to see the X-ray directly on the screen avoiding the earlier procedure of developing and washing which consumed lot of time,” he said. He said he has requested the administration to provide advanced dental chairs which provide comfort to patients.
The laser technology,which has caught the world’s fancy,has also not made its presence in the dental unit of YCM hospital. “Laser technology helps in performing operations without big cuts and complications,” Dr Ingle said. “Upgradation of the facilities is the need of the hour. We have already taken steps in that direction. The civic administration is also already in favour of the changes and I am told this civic budget there will be a provision for advanced equipment at out dental unit,” said Dr Ingle who has been in the same post of a dental surgeon for 16 years.
YCMH superintendent Dr Anand Jagdale said he is keen to rope in advance equipment and facility at the dental unit. “We have moved a proposal before the civic administration for installing latest equipment at the dental unit. We hope we will get the sanction soon,” Dr Jagdale said. PCMC medical officer Dr Nagkumar Kunachgi said he was aware of the proposal and was looking into it. Municipal Commissioner Asheesh Sharma was not available for comment.
Much cheaper than private hospitals,clinics
Compared to private hospitals and clinics,dental charges at civic hospitals are much lower,says Dr Ingle
* At YCM hospital,for example,removing a tooth costs Rs 10 whereas with private practitioners the amount ranges from Rs 150-Rs 200
* In private hospitals,a root canal treatment requires you to shell out Rs 1500 to Rs 2000. But at YCM hospital,the cost is Rs 200.
* Even for jaw surgeries which costs around Rs 25000 in private hospitals,YCM hospital charges only Rs 2000.