Civic Action Group members were updated by heath officials on the progress of the proposed health services in M East Ward (Urban Health Centre, Maternity and Pediatric services) on 22 June, when Apnalaya facilitated an ‘Interface’ meeting between the Civic Action Group remembers and the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM).
The lack of adequate health services, basic amenities and a maternity hospital in the area, are major issues impacting citizens of M East Ward, and the direct line of communication at the meeting, helped both parties gain insights into the status of addressing these issues.
Dr. Nouni, MOH shared an update on the construction of the new Urban Health Centre that will be built in Shivaji Nagar in the coming year.
Eight adult volunteers and three community members from 12 clusters of Shivaji Nagar were present at this meeting, along with the heads of various departments of M East Ward office.
The heads patiently answered inquiries about housing, water connections, and electricity connections, and all volunteers to work on safe water, garbage management and birth, death & marriage registration on time.
Another major point was related to the provision of a special school or classrooms for Children with Disability (CWD) in government schools of M East Ward, especially for Shivaji Nagar. The concerned officials cited a lack of classroom space for CWD in existing schools. It was stated that this being a policy matter required the attention of the Education Officer and Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Education).
Apnalaya advocates for issues of the urban poor, providing consultation and liaison, building the capacity of government functionaries, collaborating with like-minded organisations, and creating awareness through the media, for improved provision of civic amenities and services.