Residents of Canacona on Wednesday confronted the acting health officer of Canacona Community Health Centre (CHC) to demand improvement in facilities and filling up of all vacant posts.
The residents led by Canacona Municipal Council (CMC) Chairperson Ajay Bhagat met acting Health Officer Dr Vandana Dessai and demanded that all the vacant posts be filled before March 18. They have also threatened to intensify the agitation in the taluka.The residents claimed that the posts of health officer, junior pediatrician, junior surgeon, junior ophthalmic surgeon, sanitary inspector and servants are vacant.
The residents also blamed the local MLA for ignoring the health care in the taluka and demanded with the Director of Health Services to constitute a hospital visiting committee immediately.
“When our present minister was a MLA, he used to come and bang the tables to demand improvement in the CHC. Now why he is keeping quiet," Srirang Raikar, an agitator, was heard asking Dr Dessai.
Dr Dessai said all the facilities needed in a community health centre are available at the Canacona hospital.
Janardhan Bhandari sought to know if the National Highway norm of having a trauma unit at the 50 kms stretch of highway was adhered by the government, as there is no trauma unit from Karwar to Margao, a distance of about 80 kms.
The residents also complained that for any minor ailments, patients are inconvenienced as they have to be shifted to district hospital at Margao.
Councillor Simon Rebello, Sanjay Naik, Pramod Gaonkar, Agonda Panch Sapnesh Dessai, Sujay Bandekar, Pandhari Bikar, Elvis Fernandes and Dhiraj Naik Gaunkar are some of the residents who vowed to intensify the agitation if there are no improvements by March 18.
Sources informed that a new action group ‘Ami Canconkar’ will be formed to tackle the health issue in the taluka, even as agitated residents have decided to approach Independent Fatorda MLA Vijay Sardessai to take up their issue in the Assembly. [H]