|July 11, 2013 at 7:00 am #4397|
A delegation of visiting committee of Bicholim primary health centre on Wednesday met the Health Minister, Laxmikant Parsekar in Panaji and apprised him about lack of facilities at the health centre. The delegation also submitted a memorandum to the minister.
The delegation, led by the committee president, Arun Naik, comprised of members including Ramanand Natekar, advocate Manohar Shirodkar, Narayan Betkikar, Anisha Vernekar, Dhiraj Sawant, Vishwas Chodankar, Ajit Birje, Kamlesh Teli, Vijay Pole and Arjun Malgaonkar.
The delegation brought to the notice of the health minister that the primary health centre does not have a gynaecologist and in absence of this facility many patients are referred either to district hospital or the Goa Medical College at Bambolim due to which these patients have to face undue hardships. They further informed the minister that the health centre also does not have a sonography machine and in absence of one patients are compelled to go to other hospitals.
Further it was informed that the ambulance is allotted only 200 litre of diesel per month, and that, when the ambulance covers almost 3000 kilometre every month the allotted quota of diesel was insufficient for the vehicle’s utility.
Further the health centre doctor also does not have a vehicle required to go for site inspections due to which the ambulance has to be used.
The delegation said that since the number of OPD patients has increased the lone medical officer was finding it difficult to attend to the patients.
The other demands in the memorandum include strengthening of security, installation of CCTV cameras, replacement of old X-ray machine with digital one, allotment of orthopaedic surgeon atleast twice a week on Wednesday and Friday to cater to the needs of around 50000 patients every month. It also says that the bus equipped with a mammography unit should visit the primary health centre for the benefit of women.
After listening to the delegation, the health minister assured them to look into the matter and solve their grievances as early as possible. “We are working on the facilities to be provided to Bicholim primary health centre and in the next few days every thing will be in place,” said Parsekar.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Bicholim PHC delegation meets Parsekar over lack of facilities“