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BMC Officials To Provide Civic Hospitals With Milk Cartons

Last year, Aarey, a dairy company in Mumbai, decided to stop supplying milk to civic-run hospitals across Mumbai city. Thus, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) stepped in to ensure that the hospitals continued to have a milk supply. The BMC decided that the best decision was to supply hospitals with individually packed tetra milk boxes. It will ensure less waste and be more hygienic than loose milk packets.


Earlier in August, Aarey addressed a letter to the BMC. As Aarey was a state farm, it received poor funding and was defunct for years. Aarey was taken off the shelves and sold independently to a few purchasers. Maharashtra offered RS 25 per litre of milk, while private companies offered RS 40 per litre. Thus, a conflict of interest arose between the two parties. 


Dr. Mangala Gomare, executive health officer of the BMC, stated they purchased 4,000 litres of milk daily at RS 39 per litre plus taxes. 


Hospitals had to procure milk independently after the supply was closed off. Milk was essential for pediatric patients, pregnant patients, and those with a nasogastric tube (a feeding tube passed through the nose into the stomach). 


Joint Commissioner Vijay Balamwar of the Central Purchasing Department (CPD) states, “We have decided to provide tetra milk packs as it is more convenient, and we do not have to serve loose milk to the patients. We will buy tetra packets of 100 ml, 200 ml, 500 ml, and 1 litre, where patients can directly consume 100 ml.”


Initially, the BMC decided to procure loose milk packets. However, after four months of deliberation, the government will provide milk tetra packs in bulk. The civic hospitals will receive 100 ml, 200 ml, 500 ml, and 1 litre tetra packs. The BMC scrapped the loose milk pouch idea since milk consumption had to happen on the same day. If that did not happen, it would lead to mass waste. 


It is a first for the CPD to be in charge of procuring milk for civic hospitals. In light of the new expenses, the BMC has increased its budget from 14,00,00,000 to 42,00,00,000. The procurement and budget will include the 100 and 200-ml tetra packs.


Major hospitals in Mumbai, such as KEM, LTMG Sion, Dr. R.N. Cooper, BYL Nair, sixteen peripheral hospitals, and thirty maternity homes, consumed 4,000 litres of milk daily. The four big hospitals averaged a consumption of 700 litres. 


A doctor from a civic-run hospital commented that the hospital was prioritising milk provision rather than serving it to all. Previously, the hospital independently purchased from a local vendor. The BMC initiative to provide milk will benefit hospitals and patients alike.

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