Pune: The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), developed on public-private partnership (PPP) basis, at Sassoon General hospital has prompted the state's medical education minister Girish Mahajan to issue directives to other state-run medical college-attached hospitals to replicate the model.
Mahajan, who launched the NICU, on Sunday said Sassoon's PPP model was 'worth emulating' by other state-run healthcare institutes.
The 59-bed NICU is expected to treat 3,000-5,000 critically ill newborns per year free of cost.
The Rs 11 crore-facility comes at a time when life-saving units in public hospitals are either resource-strapped or are overburdened. A day's stay at a NICU in any private hospital costs between Rs 15,000 and Rs 25,000.
The hospital registers around 9,000 deliveries a year and 30% of the newborns, who have low birth weight, are pre-term or have some other medical conditions, need NICU support.