PANAJI: AAP leader Valmiki Naik pointed out that in 2020 the Chief Minister had inspected the old GMC building at Ribandar and assured the people that it would be converted into a full fledged primary health centre having 30 beds for patients.
Infact, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane himself who also inspected the building stressed the need to refurbish the building first and reiterated that a primary health centre would be set up there to cater to the needs of the people of Ribandar, Chimbel, Merces, Divar, Old Goa and surrounding areas.
The Health Minister had promised to provide facilities for good health care to the people by stating that health is a priority and said that if necessary the facilities at the proposed health centre at Ribandar would be enhanced.
However, it is surprising that the Chief Minister has now announced that an Ayurveda centre would be set up at the premises in Ribandar said Valmiki alleging that the delay in starting the primary health centre was solely because of pressured from Ayush Minister Shripad Naik.
He said leading out the old GMC hospital to Ayush for a rent of Rs. 100 per sq mts for 30 years is going against the wishes and aspirations of the local people and asserted that the government should reconsider this decision.
He also expressed surprise on how Shripad Naik, who hails from the area could turn so negligent to the medical needs of the people in his locality and desire to set up an Ayurveda centre there instead of a primary health centre