GMC to finally have two 24-hour canteens

PANAJI: Goa medical college (GMC) and hospital, Bambolim, will soon have two canteens operating on round-the-clock hours.

The GMC administration has decided to have two canteens in its premises that will be kept open for 24 hours, in addition to the four regular canteens in other blocks.

"The canteen in the Yatri Niwas which was never commissioned as well as the canteen in the OPD block will be kept open for 24 hours. We will be floating tenders next week," said Swapnik Naik, director of administration, GMC.

The GMC has seven canteens, however, not all are operational but tenders will be floated for all seven canteens next week. Kiosks serving snacks and meals outside the GMC premises do a thriving business. It has been a long pending complaint of students, doctors, faculty members as well as public visiting the hospital that none of the canteens serve meals in accordance with the set standards.

The canteens were filthy and unhygienic. Since none of the canteens in GMC remained open after 9.30pm, any person wanting to have food, had to go out of the GMC premises. It also inconvenienced GMC staff working on the night shift.

The Yatri Niwas block has a canteen facility. Although commissioned three years ago, the canteen in it remained closed.

It's opening was sabotaged in favour of another canteen operating from a prime location at GMC. The previous government did not allow the opening of the Yatri Niwas canteen. "We know why it was never allowed to be opened but tenders for the Yatri Niwas canteen will be issued next week. Part of the canteen will be reserved for officers and doctors,"said Naik. [TOI]