Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant (Babu) Kavlekar, on Saturday, said that the government will make functional the much awaited new Hospicio Hospital at the earliest and added that the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant is laying emphasis on the health sector and the education sector, and this is evident from the budgetary provisions.
Speaking as the chief guest at the silver jubilee function of the Hospicio Health Services Employees Co-operative Credit Society Ltd, held in Margao, Kavlekar said, “The government wants to start the new Hospicio Hospital at the earliest. This was discussed during the last cabinet meeting and all the ministers are of the opinion that it should be completed on a priority. The Chief Minister has made provision for it in the recently presented Budget. He has laid emphasis on the health and education sectors and is of the opinion that there should be no compromise on these two sectors.”
He praised the society members for achieving the milestone of completing the 25 years of the society.
Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat said that “many a co-operative credit societies could not complete 25 years. But this society members toiled hard and worked in tandem to achieve the goal.”
“The Hospicio has a history and a good background. When I was the Chief Minister, I found many files pertaining to the Hospicio Hospital properties that are spread all over Goa. The shares of the Hospicio are in many top leading companies which many does not know about. There are share of Hospicio in Karachi electrical company. I often speak against the Hospicio, on patients’ point of view, but today, we have to congratulate it for its cooperative credit society is doing a pretty good job.”
Dr Ira Almeida, medical superintendent of Hospicio Hospital praised and thanked the society for lending its help for the Hospicio by donating some important equipment.
The chairman of the society Dr S Bhatt welcomed the gathered people. On the occasion, the former directors and members were honoured.