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S Goa district hospital opening to miss another deadline

Margao: The much-awaited South Goa district hospital has got yet another date of completion as the initial plan of phase-wise handing over by end of December has been dropped and it will be now handed over to the directorate of Health Services by January 31, 2020.

According to Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC), 95 per cent of the work is completed with minor works pending.

Speaking to this daily, GSIDC managing director Jude Carvalho said that the initial plan of phase-wise handing over was set aside and now the entire hospital will be handed over at once.

“The initial plan was to partially hand over the first to third floors to the directorate of Health Services (DHS), but we received directions from the Secretary (Health) to hand over the entire facility at once. So we will complete the work by the end of this month, but the finishing work like painting etc will take a while. So we will hand over the hospital to the DHS by January 31, 2020,” he said.

As for finances, Carvalho said that the outstanding amount of the contractors running into around Rs 4 crore is being paid in a timely manner.

Once handed over, the DHS is already ready with a plan to move into the new facility within two weeks. Speaking about the move, Hospicio Hospital medical superintendent Dr Ira Almeida said that plans to move into the new facility are in place.

“The requirement of staff members including doctors, nurses and support staff is still pending with the public health department and we have been promised that the process will be expedited,” said Dr Almeida.

The details emerged after the legislative elected Public Undertaking Committee headed by Leader of opposition Digambar Kamat held an inspection on Tuesday along with DHS and GSIDC officials. During his inspection, Kamat hinted at the hospital being thrown open to the public by April.

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