From Temples to Dispensaries: Pune’s Innovative Healthcare Initiative – Punekar News

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Pune, 17th September 2023: Citizens in Pune are facing a lack of facilities due to the neglect of maintenance and repair of community temples. To address this issue, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is planning to establish Arogyavardhini Kendras (primary health centres) at the same locations as the community temples. A total of 42 community temples have been identified for this purpose.

The Municipal Corporation constructs community temples to provide a space for social activities, training, and other community gatherings. However, due to limited funds allocated for the maintenance of these temples, many of them have fallen into disrepair. The building department and regional offices have been neglecting their maintenance and repair.

The Arogyavardhini Center in the Samaj Mandir will be set up in a dispensary-like arrangement. Each center has been allocated a fund of Rs 20 lakhs for necessary renovations such as changing toilets, flooring, and painting walls. As a result, 42 community temples are expected to be demolished to make way for the Arogyavardhini Kendras. This will provide residents of the settlements with easy access to free treatment for common illnesses like fever, cold, and cough.

The Aarogyavardhini Yojana was launched by the state government in

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