NAVELIM : Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, on Thursday, said that the state government will soon add another 30 ambulances to the present fleet to meet the shortfall in the emergency services.
Speaking on the sidelines of the third edition of Aqua Fish Festival at Navelim, D’Souza said that the 30 additional ambulances will be added to the present fleet under the MPLAD Scheme.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that the state government has added 22 ambulances to the fleet during the last one year, however, admitted that despite this there is a deficiency in the ambulance service due to the increasing number of accidents.
He said that the number of accidents has increased because the number of vehicles is increasing, adding the state government is doing its bit by purchasing ambulances from time to time.
D’Souza said that the Collectors are presently working on the proposal to get 30 new ambulances under the MPLAD scheme.
Replying to a question on the lack of space in the morgues, he said that there are several unclaimed bodies which are lying for several months.
“How long are we to keep these unclaimed bodies including those of foreigners? ” he questioned, adding the maximum period for keeping a body should be six months.
On the Hospicio morgue, he said the health department has received report that the morgue cannot be repaired.
He said that he has solved 60 per cent of the issues that were plaguing the health department, adding that the recruitment process has already been started to meet the shortage of doctors and para-medical staff.
He said that there were a lot of issues concerning the health department, however. “we have resolved nearly 60 per cent of the issues and have recruited doctors and nurses while the process has been started to recruit servants.”
“Doctors. nurses and medical staff hesitate to work in remote places, and patients prefer to come to GMC and Hospicio Hospital, which is the reason why the two hospitals are overcrowded,” he added.
Replying to a query on medical facilities in the rural areas, he said, “There is no point in just inaugurating buildings, they have to be operational and we are in the process of recruitment,” and added that the issue of medicines has also been solved as the supply has been tendered.