New teams for health centres

Panaji: The government will recruit new teams on priority basis, which would be designated at primary and community health centres.

“After deliberations with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, we have taken a decision to recruit new teams on contractual basis on top priority to designate them at respective primary health centres and community health centres, who will report to the respective health officers,” Health Minister Vishwajit Rane tweeted on Sunday.

The health Minister said in a tweet that these teams will be dedicatedly working on collecting swabs and coordinating with testing centres. This way the existing staff of PHC and CHC will be used only for regular activities as it is the need of the hour.

Food services will also be streamlining at COVID-19 care centres, according to the Health Minister.

“Furthermore, our aim is to move forward in a very progressive manner with teams attached to every PHC and CHC, along with an increased scope of testing as suggested by Indian Council of Medical Research,” he tweeted. “Progress will be monitored under the overall guidance of Chief Minister, Chief Secretary and Secretary for Health,” the tweet maintained.

Meanwhile, Rane also tweeted, “In our constant effort to provide state-of-the-art facilities to our citizens, we will be augmenting our ambulance fleet.”

It may be recalled that health secretary Nila Mohanan had earlier admitted that the state is facing ambulance crunch, which is impacting on attending to COVID-19 patients.

Rane, responding to the statement of Mohanan said, “Presently the fleet of GVK EMRI is handling both, COVID and routine cases. In light of the rising cases, we will reactivate the file of seven additional ambulances and secretary, health, will take it up with the Chief Minister for approval, to add on to the existing fleet dedicated to COVID-19 patients.”