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Dialysis centre yet to start at PCB hosp
Sakal Times | Friday, 21 April 2017 AT 11:23 AM IST
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Pune: The Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) is finding it increasingly difficult to commence operations of its newly developed dialysis centre at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Cantonment General Hospital. Though the facility is up and ready, the dearth of technicians is proving a hurdle to begin the operations.

The Poonawalla Group (Serum Institute of India) had donated five dialysis machines to the board a few months ago under their CSR activities. The board took it up as a priority to develop the dialysis centre to facilitate patients. However, the facility continues to gather dust as the board has not been able to get technicians and expert labourers required to operate the machines.

The issue was discussed in a recently held ordinary board meeting. Chief Executive Officer of PCB DN Yadav said during the meeting that the board has released five to six tenders to hire technicians.

“Only one agency has come forward to fill the tenders for technicians. However, the agency does not match the list of criteria put forth by the Armed Forces Medical College and hence, we cannot give them the contract,”
he said.

Following discussions in the board, Yadav even suggested returning the machines to the Poonawalla Group.

However, due to opposition from elected board members, it was decided to constitute a committee of two to three members to find a solution to the recruitment issues for the centre.

Yadav also mentioned that the board is in talks with private hospitals seeking technicians to run the dialysis centre.

Elected members of the board are optimistic that they will be able to find an agency to hire the technicians soon and in such a case, they said that the centre will start functioning from May 1.


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