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Public, pvt sector integration vital for healthcare: Vishwajit

PANAJI: Stating that integration of the public and private sectors is vital for the healthcare industry, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Sunday said that such a combination will help in offering premium healthcare facilities to people in the state.

The Health Minister was speaking after the inaugural function of Healthway Hospital at Ella in Old Goa.

“Saving life is the purpose of the medical fraternity – be it public or private sector. Institutions like Healthway Hospitals, led by Goan doctors with a clear vision, will help create a benchmark for quality healthcare services in the state. I firmly believe that integration of private and public sector in healthcare is critical to be able to offer premium healthcare facilities. We all need to work together to make this happen. The state government is working on various advanced programmes and would like to partner with Healthway Hospitals to make these a reality,” said the Health Minister.

The inauguration tookplace with the blessings of Chief Minister  Manohar Parrikar, whose message was read during the function. In his message to the promoters, the Chief Minister said, “It is our constant endeavour that people of the state should have easy access to healthcare services of the highest quality. Healthway Hospitals is the brainchild of a team of Goan doctors led by Dr Gaonkar and will act as a valuable partner to the state government.”

Former chief minister Pratapsing Rane, Economic Development Corporation (EDC) chairman Subhash Shirodkar, former Panaji MLA Sidharth Kuncalienker, chairman of Healthway Hospitals Pvt Ltd Dr Virendra Gaonkar and chairman of Goa Doctors Alliance Pvt Ltd Dr Antonio De Bossuet Afonso were also present among others during the inaugural function.

Speaking as the chief guest, Pratapsing Rane congratulated the team of Goan doctors by calling them ‘dream team’ for conceptualising Healthway, a state-of-the-art medical care under one roof. “Health is wealth and Goa is privileged to have the finest healthcare system than its neighbouring states. A lot more facilities can be offered if the public and private sectors in medical care join hands. A fulfilling health insurance for both these sectors is the need of the hour. The government can play a vital role in popularising the existing medical schemes and insurances so as to reach the rural population. With such small steps, Goa can be a hub for medical facilities for the entire country,” Rane said.

Earlier, the programme started by lighting of the traditional lamp and unveiling of the plaque. Dr Isha Dhuri sang an invocation song accompanied by Dr Samant on harmonium. Dr Mahendra Kudchadkar read the message sent by the Chief Minister.

Kuncalienker and Shirodkar also spoke on the occasion and conveyed their best wishes. Dr Gaonkar gave the welcome address. Dr Sandesh Chodankar proposed the vote of thanks.

Dean of Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) Dr Pradeep Naik, sarpanch of Old Goa village panchayat Janita Madkaikar, MLA of Maem constituency Pravin Zantye, senior doctors from the state and their families were present on the occasion.

Collectively owned and run by 52 Goan doctors, the Healthway Hospital is a 250-bedded hospital, which has been envisaged on the basis of four pillars – clinical (providing state-of-the-art compassionate services to contribute to the betterment of healthcare in society), academic (conducting training programmes, lectures, workshops to impart knowledge and skills to medical colleagues), social (healthcare awareness and preventive medicine) and research (set up a research centre, which will focus on research on communicable and preventive medicine).

The hospital has 50 ICU beds including medical, surgical, cardiac, neonatal and paediatric ICUs. It has seven operation theatres, state-of-the-art cathlab, 24-unit OPD block for specialities and super-speciality services and an in-house prosthetic and orthotic department. It features the largest neonatal care facility in the state and the first paediatric ICU in the private sector in the state. The hospital offers 24-hour services in accident and emergency services, ICU services, cathlab services, radiological imaging (CT, MRI, X-ray, ultrasound and mammography), dialysis unit and pharmacy, laboratory and accident services.

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