The Health Minister, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar seen cutting ribbon to mark the inauguration of the super specialty unit for cardiac services wing and expanded dialysis unit at SMRC Hospital at Chicalim on Tuesday. Also seen are, SMRC president, Mr Dattaraj Salgaocar, vice-president, Mr Shivanand Salgaocar, Vasco MLA, Mr Carlos Almeida and others.
VASCO: The Health Minister, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar, on Tuesday, said that the state government has plans to upgrade the Cottage Hospital at Chicalim, to the level of sub-district or district hospital in order to provide better health care services to the people in the Mormugao taluka.
Mr Parsekar was addressing media after inaugurating the super specialty unit for cardiac services and expanded dialysis unit at Salgaocar Medical Research Centre at Chicalim.
On the occasion, SMRC president, Mr Dattaraj Salgaocar, vice-president, Mr Shivanand Salgaocar, Vasco MLA, Mr Carlos Almeida, dean of Goa Medical College (GMC) and Hospital at Bambolim, Dr B N Jindal, directorate of health and services, Dr Sanjeev Dalvi, and others were present.
Speaking further, the Health Minister said that the health scenario in Goa is satisfactory, and added that however, the role of private hospitals in state is also equally important.
“The maternal and infant mortality rate in the state is lowest which is nearly about 10 per cent per 1000, however, the state government is now targeting to bring it down to 8 per cent per 1000,” he added.
He also stated that the state government is committed to upgrade Cottage Hospital at Chicalim, to the level of sub-district or district hospital.
He disclosed that the state government is trying to bring in additional fleet of 108 (EMRI) ambulance vans in order to provide immediate attention to the emergency calls.
Mr Parsekar was of the opinion that most of the ailments reported in the recent days are due to the change in lifestyle of the people and change in the food habits.
He disclosed that GMC Hospital is overburdened since the in patient attendance is about 1,200 and the number of patients visiting the hospital on daily basis is over 1,400.
Meanwhile, the SMRC Hospital has plans to set up an urology unit and this could be a boon to the several people in the Mormugao taluka.