Panaji: Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte has demanded that the new building of GMCH should be converted into exclusive COVID-19 facility while restoring the present infrastructure to treat other ailments.
Khaunte also demanded that Disaster Management Act should be invoked to cap the rates charged at private hospitals and also take the private facilities, if required, to treat the patients. He also said that the management of COVID-19 facility should be handed over to Army Corps, after converting the new GMCH building.
The Porvorim MLA alleged that Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant has stooped to the lowest level by transferring medical officer from Porvorim to Sanguem. He said that while Sanguem has enough of medical officers, the PHC at Porvorim has been handed over to the officer from Candolim as an additional charge.
He said that the COVID-19 treatment should be covered under Dayanand Social Security Scheme. “Government can issue one order and than cover COVID-19 under DDSSY,” Khaunte added.
The Porvorim MLA pointed out that Health Minister Vishwajit Rane had made the statement about incentivizing the plasma donation by offering free medical check up for a year for the donors and their families. “But the announcement has remained only on the paper,” he said