Panaji: Holding the Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane responsible for the horrific situation that Goa is presently in, due to the ongoing second wave of the corona pandemic, the Panaji MLA Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate on Tuesday said that Rane should be graceful enough to accept the failure of his department in handling the pandemic-related situation in the state.
Blaming the Health Minister of the government of his own party, Monserrate said that the then health secretary, Nila Mohanan and the then North Goa Collector, R Menaka had professionally handled the first wave of the corona pandemic in Goa, last year, even though there was no anti-COVID vaccine available at that time.
“The health authorities subsequently took everything for granted and failed to handle the second wave properly,” he observed, stating that the one in-charge of the health department goofed up everything.
“He very well knew that in the near future, 200 people would be dying everyday due to the infection, and said so openly thus spreading panic among the Goans,” the Panaji MLA stated, pointing out that today, the number of deaths per day has crossed 50 mark and is increasing.
“Those who are in-charge of the health affairs should be blamed for the current pandemic situation in Goa as they should have been prepared for the situation much before,” he opined, adding that he feels sad as he is unable to help those who come to ask him for a bed or other health facilities, for infected patients.
Monserrate also maintained that even though the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had allocated the health portfolio to his cabinet colleague, he himself is now running from pillar to post to review the available health facilities for treating the infected people.
Incidentally, Monserrate had met the Chief Minister on May 3 and complained to him about the non-functioning of some of the cabinet ministers.