SJYM protests outside Valpoi CHC

The Sattari Jagruk Yuva Manch (SJYM) staged a protest outside the Valpoi Community Health Centre on Thursday to demand early completion of the new hospital building.

“Almost a year has passed since the work has come to a halt. The work should start immediately for the benefit of about 65,000 people from Sattari taluka,” SJYM President Vishvesh Parob said.

Highlighting the sorry state of affairs of the existing CHC, he said the hospital is functioning with acute staff shortage.

“The hospital functions with only 9 nurses, 2 male doctors and 2 female doctors. Though a sonography machine is available, there is no radiologist to operate it,” he pointed out.

“Similarly, there is an operation theatre, but no surgeons. Many patients are compelled to go back home due to absence of a gynaecologist and ophthalmologist. Though there is a pharmacy, there are insufficient medicines. The hospital also lacks a canteen facility,” said Parob.

SJYM executive member Ranjeet Rane said about 150 patients regularly visit the OPD and at least 50 patients are referred to GMC in Bambolim every month.

“Besides, at least 100 emergency cases are referred by 108 emergency services to this hospital in a month,” he said.

The SJYM has decided to file a PIL if the government fails to complete the new hospital building along with all facilities within six months.

India Against Corruption (IAC) member Savordekar, SJYM members Vijay Sawant and Mauzzam Khan were also present at the site.

Later, union leader Adv Ajeetsing Rane and social activist Swati Kerkar visited the Valpoi hospital and assured their support to the agitating SJYM. [H]