Rural patients rush to YCMH

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The theft of a baby from YCM Hospital-the boy was reunited with his mother 27-year-old Aparna Pokharkar three days later after police caught the woman-thief at Ravet-has yet again brought to fore lack of facilities at rural hospitals. In fact, around 150 serious patients are rushed to YCMH every month from rural areas.

Aparna's had went into labour around 2.45 am Monday and was taken a rural hospital in Manchar where doctors told her family to immediately shift her to YCMH in Pimpri, as the rural hospital had no anesthetist or adequate staff to perform a C-section, and blood was short in supply.

"We were told to rush her to YCMH as doctors at the District Rural Hospital conveyed their inability to perform the Caesarean delivery. We did not go to a private hospital as we were told they would not have adequate blood storage," said Aparna.

Aparna was brought to YCMH where she delivered a boy, only to be stolen hours later.

There is a lack of adequate medical facility in Shirur constituency of Shiv Sena MP Shivajirao Adhalrao-Patil. Every month, as many as 150 serious patients are rushed to YCMH. "Of the patients admitted to YCMH, 15-20 per cent are from rural areas," said YCMH medical superintendent Dr Anand Jagdale, who is also the PCMC health chief.

Rural areas primarily Junnar, Ambegaon, Manchar, Rajgurunagar, Chakan, Ale Phata, Peth and villages right up to Sangamner falls under Adhalrao's constituency. Patients have to spend one to two hours travelling to reach YCMH. Doctors at YCMH said the plight of pregnant women, heart patients or those bitten by snakes is seen to be believed. "By the time snake bite patients are brought to YCMH, the venom spreads. Even basic medical care seems to be missing in rural areas. Several patients from far off succumb before they reach the hospitals in Pimpri-Chinchwad," said former PCMC health chief Dr Rajshekhar Iyer. He there have been repeated demands from rural areas for a full-fledged hospital.

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