The Health Minister, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar has said that the government would take adequate steps in accordance with the law to recover six files that were sent to his predecessor, Mr Vishwajeet Rane, and which have not been returned by Mr Rane to the government despite having been sent three reminders.
Mr Parsekar said that one of the files pertaining to procurement of drugs, medicines, etc for the government hospitals and delay in getting back the file led to delay in procurement of drugs, medicines as a result of which people were affected.
He said that the last letter written by the principal secretary, Mr Parimal Rai, had urged Mr Rane to direct his subordinates to locate the file and return it to the government by November 15. He also said that in case the file was not returned the government would initiate steps to recover government property in accordance with the law.
He denied that there was shortage of medicines in government-run hospitals but went on to add that there was delay because of files not being traced and other procedural issues. He also said that as per the new agreement for supply of insulin the state would save around Rs 3 crore per year.
Stating that people of the state would benefit under the new insurance cover planned by the state, he went on to add that the focus of the government was to provide hospitals with adequate manpower and equipment. He said that hospitals at Chicalim, Cacoda and Tuem would be upgraded on priority.
He also said that the government would not abandon the hospitals that were constructed by the previous government, and that, they would be made functional after providing enough manpower and other necessities in due course of time, even as he said that some of the projects initiated were not necessary.
The Health Minister also said that newly-built Ponda hospital to be inaugurated soon would be designated as sub-district hospital and that government had plans to declare 2-3 more hospitals as sub-district hospitals.
“We will go as per priority and think in the larger interest of the people of the state,” he said, adding that, the government was of view that government hospitals should generate some income which would in turn be used for the betterment of people.
He announced the inauguration of new cardiac CT scan, diagnostic centre in casualty, new intensive care unit and bio-medical waste disposal plant at the Goa Medical College on Thursday. All these facilities have been created at a cost of Rs 13.5 crore with CT scan and digital x-ray machine being procured with the funds from government of India and rest from state government. [NT]