The GMC (Goa Medical College and Hospitals) has always remained in controversy due to various reasons. During the Congress regime when Vishwajit Rane was the Health Minister he tried to improve the structure and the facilities including the introduction of 108 Service but after the new government took over in 2012 the entire scenario changed the condition of GMC went on deteriorating day by day and at the end completely collapsed.
The recent surprise visit of Junior Rane to the GMC has opened the pandora of irregularities and pathetic conditions of Goa’s leading medical institution where the future doctors are made. According to the Facebook post of junior Rane, he gave a surprise visit to Goa Medical College and carried out an inspection at the various department of GMC. “I was shocked when I visited the casualty ward of GMC. There were more than 6 stray dogs amongst the serious patients, being treated by the CMOs and the staff of the casualty of the Goa Medical College. I was very disappointed with the security arrangement, as more than 50% of the deployed guards were absent,” he wrote in his post.
According to Vishwajit, it is the complete failure of the system at GMC with no security and maintenance. Lets have a look at what Mr. Junior Rane has to say about the existing condition of the GMC and the steps he is planning to take to put things straight. According to Vishwajit, this was the first time in the past five that any health minister had visited the GMC.
I feel that It is also a total failure on the part of the security, with poor maintenance of the traffic flow and patients at the hospital. I have also visited all the wards and assured the hospital that all the issues would be addressed in a specific time frame under the dynamic of our honorable Chief Minister and assured the doctors, patients and even the interns who I interacted with, that all the issues will be taken up to the Chief Minister and under his guidance each and every issue will be resolved in a specific time frame.
I visited each and every bathroom in every ward and every floor, nearly even threw up because of the unhygienic conditions of the bathroom. Also interacted with the patients in the dialysis ward, where the patients have requested for a Head of Department for Nephrology as there is no senior doctor in charge of the dialysis ward. In addition, I have also interacted with a 16 year old patient named Ritisha Kerkar from Chorao, who is suffering from Kidney failure. I have assured her and her parents that the doctors will take charge of her, as the only solution to her ailment is a Kidney transplant. Seeing her condition, I assured her that her financial obligation would be taken care of by us, and the establishment and whatever treatment need to be given to her, will be provided.
I also visited the kitchen, to check whether they maintained hygienic conditions as far as the kitchen standards are concerned, for providing hygienic food to the patients. I then visited the Neurology ward and interacted with the patients and also visited several other wards of the Goa Medical College, other than the casualty, including the cardiology section, where I interacted with the patients and the doctors on duty, including Dr. Manjunath Desai, Dr. Guru Prasad Naik. In all, it was just a surprise check to see if everything is in order and I tried to understand and familiarize with the problems of the Goa Medical College.
This was the first visit by any Health Minister at the Goa Medical College in the past 5 years. I have assured all the Doctors and patients that every issue is an important issue and under the guidance of the honorable Chief Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar, these issues will be resolved at the earliest and directed all medical superintendents to issue orders that bed sheets should be changed every day and total hygienic conditions are to be maintained.
I was totally disappointed with the housekeeping of Goa Medical College and have assured that I will interact with the Dean and housekeeping agencies, to check that there is a proper audit carried out in order to maintain hygienic conditions. The visit was totally disappointing, the GMC lacks hygiene and its mismanaged, however, I assure you that all these issues will be resolved in a specific time frame.
As Health is a top priority for me, I am confident that every issue will be solved, and people will find the difference in the next 2-3 months, along with necessary action from the government. The first meeting of the Health of Department will take place on 5th May 2017 so that every issue can be addressed and resolved and an open window system can be maintained.
SOURCE: SOCIAL MEDIA