1 / 9 D-2 ESI dispensary, Juna Vadaj (PICS: ANCELA JAMINDAR & NILKANTH DAVE)
2 / 9 D7 Hospital
3 / 9 D7 Hospital D-9 ESI dispensary, near Dada Hari ni vav, Asarwa
4 / 9 D35 Maninagar Hospital
5 / 9 D-32 ESI dispensary, Amraiwadi, Bage- Firdaus
6 / 9 Besides Litho press Hospital
7 / 9 D-16, near Anil Starch Mill, Nikol road
8 / 9 D-33 ESI dispensary, Khokhra Mehamdabad Road
9 / 9 D6 Girdharnagar
At a time when the state government is ramping up its medical infrastructure to counter a possible third wave of Covid, 49 ESIC dispensaries in the city that could have fulfilled the dire need for healthcare and beds lie unattended and in a state of utter ruin.
The ESI dispensaries were set up by Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). Of the 49 in the city, 15 dispensaries have been shifted to other places as the dilapidated buildings may collapse anytime, while 20 others are damaged and lack maintenance.
Under the health insurance scheme, any organisation having more than a dozen employees has to pay an ESI premium to cover their healthcare. Member employees can then avail treatment at these dispensaries for free. But today, none of the ESIC dispensaries is working fully. Lack of maintenance and lack of staff has made them nearly non-functional and the buildings are in shambles.
By rule, the responsibility for maintenance of these buildings is that of the Central government, while the state