India, June 9 -- As if the shortage of intensive care unit (ICU) beds in the city wasn't enough, three special newborn care units (SNCUs) run by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for the entire population of the city have only five ventilators. So much so that the hapless kin have to run from pillar to post in search of ventilators for their critical neonates, according to activists.

The PMC-run SNCU at Kamala Nehru Hospital has 20 beds and five ventilators; the civic-run SNCU at Sonawane Hospital has 14 beds; while that at Rajiv Gandhi Hospital has 12 beds. As a result, newborns in need of treatment with ventilators are referred to Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) or forced to visit private facilities. The paediatric ward at Rajiv Gand...