‘State needs more institutions to train paramedical staff’


 The Health Minister, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar, on Thursday said that there is an imbalance in the medical health care system as Goa is not producing sufficient paramedical staff due to absence of proper institution in the state.
The Health Minister said that annually the state produces 100 doctors which will now be 150 around 40 dentists and 100 post graduates every year besides numerous homeopathic and ayurvedic doctors but the state doesn’t have an institute to train paramedical staff in the state. He said paramedical staff forms a very import part of medical health care system adding there is a need to start institutions in the state to train paramedics.
Mr Parsekar said that recently the state required to employ an occupational therapist but the state government could not find a suitable candidate and so the government had to relax the 15 year domicile rules to recruit an occupational therapist.
Mr Parsekar was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the IMA Ponda Charitable Trust’s IMA Ghar hospice and palliatic care centre for terminally ill patients in the presence of Minister for Co-operative, Mr Deepak Dhavlikar, Ponda MLA, Mr Lavoo Mamledar, Ponda director of health, Dr Sanjay Dalvi, chairperson of Ponda Municipal Council, Ms Rukmi Dangui, IMA Goa president, Dr H P Pai, president elect of IMA Goa, Gladstone D’costa among others.  He said that Goa is leading the country in health care on family parameters with low infant mortality rate which is just 1 to every 10,000 births  while in the family planning Goa has bettered the national average of 1.6 children per family as against the two per family nationally.
Speaking on the ID hospital which was inaugurated recently, Mr Parsekar said it will take another two years to use the hospital to full potential adding that in the specialised paramedical courses like medical emergenices, basic life support, home nursing, industrial nursing care of terminally ill patients and sanitation and environmental health will go a long way in meeting the shortage of paramedical staff.
Speaking on the occasion, the incoming chairman of Goa IMA, Dr Gladstone D’costa said there are quite a few  hospice  mostly run by religious institutes which take care of the terminally ill but for the first time that concept of hospice or the terminally ill will be run by doctors  which is probably  the
first in India.
The building is expected to be completed by October 2014 and is expected to cost over ` 3 crore which will be built in four phases which includes administrative and community activities wing while the phase two will include medical centre for terminally ill, phase III will be the residential block while the phase IV will be the auditorium. [NT]