PANAJI: Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said that the state government would sign a Tripartite MoU with Tata Memorial Cancer Institute and the Government of India for mentoring purposes and guidance for the proposed State Cancer Institute of Goa.
Rane called on Rajesh Bhushan, Health Secretary Govt. of India, along with Y.V.V.J. Rajasekhar, Secretary Health, Govt. of Goa, to discuss various issues pertaining to the Health Department of Goa.
“We shall sign a Tripartite MoU with Tata Memorial Cancer Institute & Government of India for mentoring purposes and guidance for the proposed State Cancer Institute of Goa. We also discussed with regards to the digitisation of health records in collaboration with C-DAC,” said Rane.
He further thanked Bhushan for his kind support in upgrading Tertiary Cancer Care Centre to State Cancer Institute. Rane said Bhushan advised us to send a proposal along with the referrals from district-level hospitals.
The minister informed that the Union Ministry of Health would send a team of officials to understand the unique needs of Goa, including upgrading South Goa District Hospital with a separate medical college as recommended by NITIAayog. He said that they also are deputing officers from AIIMS for the upgradation of STEMI program.
“During our interaction, Rajesh Bhushan appreciated our policy of approving HPV vaccination for girls aged 9 to 14 to prevent cervical cancer. I am grateful to him for his guidance on the further development of the Health Sector in Goa,” he added.
On Women and Child Development, Rane said that Union Secretary for WCD has assured approval & support on the above issues. In addition, the Secretary-WCD assured assistance for 181 services in the state of Goa.
“We discussed a proposal for building One Stop Centre in South Goa for Women Welfare & Protection, Upgradation of 24 Anganwadis with smart equipment and additional allocation of 60 anganwadis,” he added.