Rightly recognizing the health sector's nature, where every citizen looks forward to the benefits that he could use, chief minister Manohar Parrikar was careful enough to equally distribute its benefits across Goa and made a major provision of Rs 500 crore for the ministry.
From declaring new hospital for Pernem, Chicalim, Churchorem and Cansaulim, new primary health centre buildings in Usgao-Tisk, Balli, Quepem and Shiroda to upgradation and commissioning of the troubled Bicholim and Valpoi hospitals by May and April this year, Parrikar had it all covered.
Tapping into the urgent need for a superspecialty facility at the Goa Medical College, lack of which forces every Goan to seek treatment in the category outside the state, the CM announced a block dedicated for the purpose to be constructed at an approximate cost of Rs 150 crore.
"The central government has agreed to our demand and Rs 125 crore will be given to us for the purpose. The remaining Rs 25 crore will be invested by the Goa government," he said.
Taking potshots at rival and former health minister Vishwajit Rane, Parrikar stressed on the lack of good administration and poor management in the sector, which he said took him and his colleague health minister Laxmikant Parsekar "a lot of time to set things right."
"The cases of cancer in the state are increasing. Goa Medical College will get a cancer care facility. My government is trying to bring up this facility along with the central government and is presently looking into the possibility and viability of setting it up," Parrikar said.
While the health insurance scheme for citizens is on hold for a review, the CM and finance minister said Rs 20 crore provision has been made for new improved Din Dayal Swastha Suraksha Yogana, which will be made operational within the next three months.
In addition, Calangute, Porvorim, Mayem, Chimbel and Navelim will get non-bedded primary health centres and the Goa Medical College will get cathlab and TB and chest diseases hospital will also be coming up soon.
Goa Ayurveda College will be upgraded at the cost of Rs 5 crores, he said. [TOI]