Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, on Monday, said that despite of facing financial crunch due to the mining closure in the state, Goa is the only state in the country to provide free treatment for cardiac patients.
“We have the distinction of being the only state in the country to have spent huge sum on treating different types of garbage,” he added.
Sawant was address a gathering on the occasion of laying of foundation stone for the construction of annexe to the Primary Health Centre, Candolim.
Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, Minister for Waste Management Michael Lobo, vice chairman of GSIDC and Mapusa MLA Joshua D’Souza, Candolim sarpanch Blaize Fernandes, director of health Dr Jose D’Sa and panch members of Candolim were present.
The new wing of Primary Health Centre will cater to 9 villages apart from Candolim and Calangute.
The GSIDC will take up the construction work at an estimated cost of Rs 20 crore, and it is likely to be completed in 2 years’ time.
Speaking further, Sawant said that he is not new to the PHC as he has worked for a year as an ayurvedic doctor at the centre, and still half of the staff is known to him.
“Goa is the only state in India which provides free medical treatment not to only Goans but also to tourists and labour class. Our government is laying more stress on developing health and education sectors, and aims to have better facilities in all the 40 constituencies. 4 new PHCs are going to be set up in the state,” he said.
He also said that “Goa is the only state in the country to spend large sums of money on treating different types of garbage. State-of-the -art garbage treatment plants are going to come up at Cacora, Baiguinim, and Verna. We treat construction waste, bio-waste and chemical waste in Goa, which is not seen anywhere in India and has a special department for waste management. Goa will have better facilities in the near future.”
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Health Vishwajit Rane said that “to ease the load on the Candolim PHC, a nine- bedded hospital at Saligao is being proposed.”
Despite of the closure of mining in the state, government has given best medical service to the poor, said Rane, adding the government is planning to have yoga training centres, and Goa will be the first state to introduce such centres.
Minister for Waste Management Michael Lobo said that “after 40 years the PHC will be upgraded. The new PHC will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 20 crore and will have all the facilities. Even an AYUSH centre will be opened at the new PHC.”
Mapusa MLA Joshua D’Souza said that the new PHC will have the latest state-of-the-art facilities.
Directorate of Health Services Dr Jose D’Sa said that this is the oldest PHC catering to more than 120 patients in the OPD every day. Once the new facilities come up, it will reduce the load on the Mapusa district hospital, he added.
Dr Roshan Nazareth, in-charge of PHC, Candolim proposed the vote of thanks.