The Health Minister, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar, handing over a spectacle to a beneficiary at the free spectacle distribution programme, organised by the BJP Yuva Morcha, Margao
MARGAO: The Health Minister, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar, on Saturday, said that he has concern for the Hospicio hospital, Margao, and added that he would visit it soon.
Speaking to the media, on the sidelines of the free spectacle distribution programe, organised by the BJP Yuva Morcha, Margao, Mr Parsekar said that he is very much concerned about South Goa’s premier hospital, the Hospicio and would not tolerate injustice done to the patients who are rushed in here for medication.
"I have concern to both the hospitals — the Hospicio Hospital and the new hospital which is under construction at Margao. Every time, when I pass that side, I have a look at this structure to see the ongoing works,’’ he said.
Replying to the query as to why he did not visit the Hospicio Hospital even after his government completed 100 days, Mr Parsekar said he will soon visit the hospital and take stock of the situation.
Criticising the Margao MLA, Mr Digambar Kamat, Mr Parsekar said such a big hospital with 805 beds was really not needed for the South Goa.
"Therefore we have decided to utilise the top three floors of the same structure for having a medical college with proper procedure and permissions,’’ he added.
He disclosed that Rs 400 crore new hospital would require another Rs 300 crore expenditure and therefore the government, after studying the project, found that with Rs 300 crore both - the hospital and the medical college can be maintained.
The Health Minister said that the PWD, health and other agencies would together fight any vector borne disease if makes appearance in the state during the monsoons.
"Though the Health Minister is new, the health team is experienced and that disease like malaria would be easily fought with their expertise,’’ he added.
When brought to his notice that some village panchayats and municipal councils claimed that they could not take up the pre monsoon works properly mainly because of the imposition of the code of conduct for two elections and busy schedule of the election duty of main officials and as such the prevailing situation could result in chocking of drainages and water stagnations and so there is a possibility of the increase in the cases of malaria and other vector borne diseases, he said that he will hold a meeting with the concerned doctors again in this connection.