The state government is planning to appoint a special administrator for the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) in order to streamline the administrative functioning of the state’s premier health institution and resolve the issues plaguing it.
Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, who also holds the Health portfolio, Wednesday said that the government is planning to appoint a special administrator for GMC as there have been complaints and media reports are being published about the functioning of the hospital.
On the issue of shortage of water supply in the GMC complex, D’Souza said that he is unable to ascertain the reason for the shortage, as GMC officials have been admitting that there is a shortage, while Public Works Department (PWD) officials claim they are supplying enough water to GMC.
“I really do not know how to resolve this issue of water supply to GMC. If we believe the PWD officials, then there could be a possibility of underground water leakage in the water supply pipeline,” D’Souza said, pointing out that he feels there should be a special administrator to coordinate between the GMC affairs and the government in order to resolve such issues. He said when the government decided to appoint a single-member fact-finding committee to find out the shortcomings in GMC, somebody made an allegation that the government is appointing a member, who is a relative of a BJP leader. “If somebody raises suspicion before the committee is appointed, how can we go ahead,” he argued, admitting that there is a need to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
When asked about the infrastructural facilities for MBBS students in GMC, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the work of girls’ hostel and lecture halls is almost complete, while the work of the auditorium will be completed before the inspection by the Medical Council of India team.
Denying reports of postponement of operations including emergency surgeries on April 10 due to the problem of power supply tripping frequently and no water supply to GMC resulting in the non-availability of linen, D’Souza said, “I verified with the GMC authorities after the reports and they have told me that there was no such incident, which happened on April 10.”
‘The Navhind Times’ had on April 12 reported that operations in the GMC had been postponed as the hospital faced linen crunch.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that though the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) is overloaded with work, it is doing a good job when compared to the PWD as far as quality and the completion of work in a time-bound manner is concerned.
Emphasizing on streamlining the functioning of PWD, D’Souza pointed out towards the construction work of Mapusa police station being carried out by PWD. “As per the schedule, the work of Mapusa police station should have been completed by last December. I have a doubt whether it would get completed before my term as MLA ends,” he said, adding that if that work was allotted to GSIDC, it would have been completed by now.