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Innovative Thinking Needed To Tackle Existing Health Issues Ajoy Mehta Image Credit: eHEALTH
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Innovative Thinking Needed To Tackle Existing Health Issues: Ajoy Mehta

We need to focus on innovative thinking to find solutions of numerous existing problems engulfing the healthcare delivery system of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), said Ajoy Mehta, Chief Secretary, Govt of Maharashtra and the then Municipal Commissioner, MCGM, while delivering a speech at Urban Healthcare Summit, Mumbai.

Ajoy Mehta

He spoke at length on various challenges in delivering patient care and how one can find best solution of it.

‘SWELLING POPULATION LEADS TO MANY ISSUES’

The first challenge is population concentration. Mumbai today has population of 12.4 million and by 2030 it will become 12.79 million. Thereafter it will decrease probably and by 2036 it will go down to 12.44 million. Mumbai population will decrease not because of any family welfare programme but because of satellite cities which are being developed. People are shifting outside the city. By 2036, we expect the city’s population to go down.

12.44 million people living in 476 square kilometer in Mumbai; that gives you an average 12 square meter per person in the city. And if we subtract natural areas, hill slopes, mangroves, and roads, you get hardly 10 square meter per person on an average for work, residence and any other social amenities, the corporation provides them.

When people live in such a densely populated area, there is bound to be issues regarding sanitation, healthcare, that the corporation renders.

‘SECOND CHALLENGE IS AWARENESS’

Awareness is good but it has its downside for a service provider. Awareness makes one informed about kind of services hospital provides. Where one would get best services among private and government hospitals.

When population becomes more aware, it becomes more demanding which p


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