Pushing for a new model to run hospitals, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Wednesday said in the state legislative assembly that public-private partnership model for the health sector is the need of the hour.
Replying on demands on the floor of the House, he said that everything cannot be run by the government and that certain services in the health sector should be outsourced.
“The PPP model is the need of the hour in the health sector, and we shall go forward as per the guidelines of NITI Aayog. Even the superspeciality hospital to be built up at the Goa Medical College complex by spending Rs 350-Rs 400 crore will require a unique model to run it,” he emphasised.
Stating that Goa is the only state where free medicines and life-saving drugs are given to patients, Rane spoke high of the STEMI programme wherein cardiac patients are thrombalised immediately.
On August 9, 2019, the government will launch a diabetes registry to register and track the prognosis of patients, he disclosed, adding that a full-fledged SODEXO food service at the GMC will be launched by the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant before August 15.
To deal with mental health, the government will tie up with SANGATH, a NGO working in mental health field, he said.
Rane also said the health department will also tie up with the University of Miami, which has done a lot of research in stroke management. The Health Minister told the House that there have been several requests for setting up primary health centres in various parts of the state.
On food and drugs administration, Rane said the government is very serious about food safety and that the department is taking all precautions.
Rane tore into the claims that cancer cases have been rising in the state due to eating of the fish allegedly laced with formalin.
“Without having any proof, the members of the House should not link cancer cases to the formalin issue… Don’t create panic among the people. Rather, we should work to create awareness on preventing such diseases,” he appealed.