Ness Wadia has dismissed all rumors that the 80-year-old Bai
Jerbai Wadia Children's Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, is set to close down. The trust
that has been hit by finance and infrastructure problems had been shut down a
year ago and the staff from the children's hospital had been shifted to the
maternity hospital. The civic body (BMC)
and the Wadia family are joint trustees of the children's hospital.
A four member committee has been set up by the state government authorities to
look into various issues, including employee's funds and dues government
agencies owe to the trust. The committee has been given 45days to submit the
A meeting was called at the Mantralaya to discuss and
resolve the problems of the hospital and to suggest measures for improvement of
services. Following the meeting with health minister Suresh Shetty, Ness Wadia
said, ''There are rumors that I am winding up business to settle down abroad. I
am an Indian. I will die here in motherland. Healthcare services in India are
very poor and need a lot of improvement. The Wadia Trust will continue to work
in Mumbai and improve the quality of health services." Wadia also said
that the government agencies make enormous delay in releasing funds which makes
it difficult to run the hospitals.
Additional Chief Secretary of Health, Â J.K.Banthia; secretary of Health Department,
Bhushan Gagrani; representatives of Wadia Hospital Bachao Kriti Samiti and MNS
MLA Bala Nandgaonkar were also present at the meeting.