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Foundation stone laid for super-specialty block at GMC

Panjim: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for 500-bed super-specialty block at Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC), the state-of-the art IT enabled first paperless hospital to be commissioned in the next one-and-a-half year.Spread across an area of 52,530 sq mtrs, the cost of the project is Rs 386 crore. The ten-floor building will have ten operation theaters with 11 super specialties to be treated which include endocrinology, nephrology, urology, neurology, medical gastroenterology, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, neuro-surgery, CTVS, cardiology and surgical gastroenterology.The project, funded under the Pradhan Mantri Swathaya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), is being executed by HSCC (India), a government of India enterprise.Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister recalled that the project was approved in 2014 and the Centre had also approved funding, however, it was delayed due to an encroachment at the site, which was cleared last year.“Though, the project cost is Rs Rs 386 crore, by end of the construction, along with equipment, it will reach around Rs 500 crore,” he said. “Once, the new block commences operation in next one-and-half year, GMC will virtually become a medical hub of topmost quality. It will be recognised amongst some of the top hospitals across country,” he said.Earlier speaking, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane claimed that the project is one of the biggest under the PMSSY. “The facility is going to change the narration of Goa in the health sector,” he said.
He thanked the Chief Minister for fast tracking the pending project and announced the setting up of a core committee under the Chief Minister to monitor the construction.Rane said the vision of the government is to make GMC the first resort for medical emergencies rather than the last. “I also want GMC to open new opportunities for young doctors and also for those, who left the State but now want to come back and serve the people,” Rane said.HSCC (India) Chairman Gyanesh Pandey said they are involved in the construction of 37 super specialties across the country, but investment and infrastructure wise Goa’s project is the biggest. “It is also one of the largest and biggest investments of Government of India in the health sector at the State level,” he said. Pandey said the project is aimed towards patient care rather than hospital care.The proposed facility would enhance the present super specialty facilities with 22 additional post graduation seats to present two available. [H]

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