The Goa’s premier medical facility is in an utter mess and the reason behind that is the lack of administration. The poor administration clubbed with the wrong decision makers have made the GMC to face lots of backlashes in the past and to avoid further damage to the name of Goa’s biggest medical facility the government has appointed an Advisor for GMC.
Dr. Marlon Pereira is now appointed as the advisor of the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC). Dr. Pereira has also served as an advisor for the Health Minister form 2007-2012. According to DigitalGoa, on November 25, Vishwajit Rane announced about appointing Dr. Marlon Pereira as the new advisor of GMC. Rane said, “He is an ex-student of GMC and member of the advisory council to the Health Ministry in my earlier tenure…”
The devastating condition of the GMC’s buildings isn’t a new issue anymore. The interiors of the building are in its worst condition and can collapse anytime. Earlier this month, both the elevators have stopped working due to motor failure. Students and faculty members have voiced safety concerns regarding the condition of the building. The building infrastructure must be improved and GSIDC is waiting on GMC to suggest alternatives for the same. Responding to this, Health Minister decided to call for a meeting with the GSDIC to discuss the matters of infrastructure and administration of GMC.
A GMC official reportedly stated that the biggest state-run hospital indeed needed some changes for its effective functioning but not much thought was given into that. He also added that many plans are yet to take into shape but haven’t, due to administrative delays. Reasoning this subject he said, “The Hospital cannot independently take decisions and has to go before the government every time it wants to make purchases for the hospital.”
According to Times of India, This move was done in order to bring changes in GMC administration. From the point of view of Rane, with the vast experience of Dr. Pereira; changes can be brought about in the hospital. Dr. Pereira would help assist the government towards giving the best healthcare facilities to the people of Goa.
The Minister also added that Dr. Pereira shall ensure the smooth and effective functioning of the GMC services and Administration. His experience in the medical field will help bring initiatives and facilities in GMC and ensure better maintenance.
However, several changes are being made. It is to be recalled that earlier this month, Goa medical College appointed close to 1,500 staff. These included doctors, nurses and technical personnel; as a part of its expansion plans which was to set up a super-specialty block and cancer center. The planning Super- Specialty block began earlier this year and is funded under the Pradhan Mantri Swathaya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) and is being executed by HSCC (India), a government of India enterprise.