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Goa stares at a huge shortage of qualified doctors: rats eat up dead bodies in the GMC morgue

PORVORIM: Referring to the shortage of qualified doctors at Goa Medical College and at primary health centres, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said he would strictly enforce the bond for MBBS graduates from the GMC. “We won’t give doctors any relaxation to the rule, reports TOI.

According to a Navhind Times report, Margao MLA Digambar Kamat  said that the state government has failed to improve the health sector in the state, and said that people of South Goa have been deprived of the fundamental right to health care.

Pointing out that the current condition of the Hospicio hospital, Margao is in a pathetic condition, he said that poor people are hesitating to take their relatives to Hospicio and are compelled to approach private hospitals.

“Around 14,900 patients have been shifted from Hospicio to GMC during the last year and if the government does not improve the infrastructure of Hospicio and if they fail again to complete the work of South Goa District Hospital then I am sure that GMC will collapse in the near future due to overload of patients,” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo stated “that the infrastructure of GMC is gone in Intensive Care Unit”.

“There is a need to put constant pressure on the Health Department and GMC administration to improve the existing infrastructure. There is a huge water shortage problem at GMC and the PWD should coordinate with GMC officials to resolve the problem,” said Lobo.

Giving an example, Lobo said that that there is the presence of rats in the GMC morgue which eat certain parts of dead bodies, hence the bodies from the morgue are handed over to families only after dressing, reported the Navhind Times.

NT quotes Lobo as saying: “My neighbour’s body was kept in the GMC morgue and when the body was handed over to the family it was noticed that the eyes and ears were eaten by rats,” Micheal Lobo said.

He also claimed that for Orthopedic small surgery the plates are not provided and patients are forced to buy the required plates.

Senior Congress MLA Pratapsingh Rane questioned the government over the failure to set up the dialysis center at cottage hospitals in the State.

“Some of the patients who are ill due to kidney failure have to undergo dialysis treatment for 8 days hence there is a need to set up a dialysis center in every cottage hospital,” he said.

Meanwhile, St Andre MLA Francisco Silveira threatened to take to the streets along with his supporters if the Health Minister Vishwajit Rane prefers people from Valpoi and Sattari to fill up vacancies in GMC.

“Jobs in GMC are given only to people from Valpoi and Sattari, and other constituency people are neglected. If this continues, I will along with my supporters will take to the streets to protest”, said Silveira.

Earlier in the day Curtorim MLA Alexio Reginald also alleged that promotions in GMC are given only to the doctors who are BJP supporters.

As for post-graduation, the doctors have to compulsorily serve for three years in Goa. Then we will have an additional force of doctors. There is a shortage of doctors which we are looking at seriously,” Vishwajit Rane said.

The health minister, who is also preparing for the Valpoi by polls next month, said he had initiated steps to streamline Goa Medical College. “I have issued an order to replace the machines for the wet lab and also in order to provide safe blood to the patients we have asked them to come up with the fourth generation machine in the blood bank so that blood transfusion can be very safe. We have to wait for 30-45 days to install the machines,” Rane said, while responding to a motion to cut grants to the health sector.

Assuring the House that affordable health care was his main priority, health minister Vishwajit Rane on Wednesday said that he had sought an internal inquiry to find out why mobile clinics and the mobile breast cancer screening vehicles were discontinued.

Rane expressed concern over mobile clinics and mammography clinics worth over Rs 1.92 crore that were transferred to the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC).

“I have moved a note to the secretary of health to find out why four vans, two mobile clinics and two mammography buses were discontinued and given to KTC. I am very concerned about what happened and why it happened. We have asked the secretary to hold a detailed inquiry under his chairmanship and to submit a detailed report to the government,” he said.

Rane clarified that equipment from the mobile clinics had been transferred to the respective departments in district hospitals, but were not functioning.

He added that the ministry of health had taken up the work for the Rs 150 crore super specialty issue on a war footing, but due to problems surrounding land acquisition and the approval from the committee from the central government, the work had not commenced. “We have already drawn up the plans and in case this issue does not get legally resolved, then we will identify another plot of land so that we can take the plan forward,” he said.

While outlining his strategy to improve the response time of the 108 GVK-EMRI ambulance service, Rane also announced that in September, six cardiac ambulances with 24×7 doctors would be launched through funding of Rs 2 crore received under corporate social responsibility.

According to a Herald report, the Government is committed to the cause of health in the State, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said in the House on Wednesday.

The Minister said the government is committed to set up four dialysis centres, more emergency ambulances and streamlining all issues of Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC).

Rane said that dialysis units will be set up at Canacona, Margao, Ponda and Mapusa to cater to the increasing number of patients with kidney problems.

He said that ten emergency ambulances will be put in service in September and seven more ambulances will be procured with funds from the Union government.

Rane said that six cardiac ambulances will be launched and strategically placed at various locations.

He informed the House that doctors would be made available in the hospital 24×7 while the patient will be taken to nearest primary health centre for immediate aid and later shifted to GMC. “We are increasing the strength of the doctors also in the cardiac unit,” he said.

“Every day we are trying to reduce the response time. Any ambulance found not attending a call we are suspending the staff,” he said stating that the emergency ambulance services would be streamlined. He said that the Chief Minister is spending a lot of time to improve health in the State.

Speaking about GMC he said it is not easy to handle such a large hospital. “There are many issues which need to be addressed, we have started to streamline them,” Rane said.

He said the land issue with the super specialty block will be addressed, if it is not solved than another plot will be sought, he added.

Speaking about medicines in GMC, the Minister said there is no shortage of medicines and he asked officials to break the procurement in separate parts. “We are auditing regularly the purchase of drugs. GMC is not facing any shortage of medicines, Dean and Superintendent of GMC is entitled to take decision of purchases and they have powers,” he said.

“Everyday GMC is purchasing medicines. Every patient is assured that medicine is made available in GMC,” he stated.

Rane said there are many issues at GMC and health services including shortage of nurses and doctors. He said the relaxation to doctors who have passed from the college won’t be considered as mentioned by some of the members as Health Department is already facing shortage of doctors.

Speaking further Rane said the government is in the process of outsourcing the laundry at GMC to take care of cleanliness and hygiene.

About non-working mobile clinic vans and mammography van, the Minister said he has asked the Health Secretary to hold an inquiry and submit the report to the government. He mentioned that it is a priority of the government that mobile clinics will reach in villages and hold health camps.

Candolim primary health centre would be upgraded considering the tourist belt, the minister said.



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