Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane laid foundation stone for Tertiary Cancer and Day Care center at a function organized at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium at Babolim near the city. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rane said, “The Tertiary Cancer Center (TCC) and Day Care Center for Mentally ill people is a long-cherished dream of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Many people visit the neighboring states for Cancer treatments, PET Scan etc. which will be made available for free at this center. This TCC will be run under the expert technical guidance of doctors from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Types of equipment worth Rs 70 crore and more will be bought making Goa the only state to give free Cancer treatment.” The function was jointly organized by Directorate of Health Services (DHS) and Directorate of Women and Child Development (DWC). “The Government has already launched Pre Breast Cancer screenings program at the village level in association with Yuvraj Singh Foundation. The Anganwadi teachers and workers contribute immensely in popularizing such programs and schemes. The ‘swawlamban’ scheme is launched by the WCD to make women self-reliant. The Government will consider all the demands made by the Anganwadi workers. Their remuneration will be also increased by 50 percent in addition to 50 percent increase by the Central Ministry. 100 Anganwadis will be undertaken for renovation and a new e-learning module will be developed. Teachers will be duly trained in this module,” the Minister said.
Later, he also launched ten ambulances equipped with the advanced life-saving system. He informed that a seven-year contract is signed with ‘Sodexo’, which will provide premium nutritious food to GMC patients, their families as well as the staff and students. Member of Parliament Advocate Narendra Savaikar, MLA Santa Andre Francis Silveira, MLA of Santa Cruz Tony Fernandes, Secretary of Health J AshokKumar, IAS, Secretary, Women and Child Development, C R Garg, IAS, Director of Health Services Dr Sanjeev Dalvi, Director of Women and Child Development Deepak Dessai, Director of Food and Drugs Administration Dr Jyoti Dardessai, Vice Chairman, GSIDC, Siddharth Kunkoliekar, Dean – GMC Dr Shivanand Bandekar, Dean-Goa Dental College Dr Ida Athaide, Assistant Director of GSIDC Jude Carvalho and Deputy Director of Health Dr Jose D’Sa were present on the occasion. The 110 bedded tertiary cancer center will be housed in the GMC complex. Facilities like radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, diagnostic, brachytherapy, pain management, daycare, OPD, transfusion medicine, palliative care, laboratories, OT complex, ICU and wards will be made available. The project is commissioned at the cost of Rs 120 cr. The proposed day care center is a non-residential facility for mentally challenged ill patients which will be equipped with ten vocational activity rooms, each with a capacity of 40 people, a Yoga room, recreational room and multiple activity rooms, computer lab, library and consultants cabin. – United News of India