Just as the community health centre at Canacona is on the verge of becoming functional due to the sustained struggle of villagers under the banner of Canacona Health Welfare Committee (CHWC), Congressmen are now jumping on the bandwagon to gain political mileage.
The CHWC devoid of any political colours has been consistently fighting for the last two-and-a-half years to improve the functioning of the centre. In fact, it was due to the committee’s initiative that a dialysis unit was installed at this centre so that it could cater to the increasing number of renal failure cases being reported in Canacona taluka.
Unfortunately the dialysis unit could not function properly due to personnel and technical problem, the main one being the non-functioning of the generator set.
This spurred the CHWC to continue their struggle and on 27th August a token one day hunger strike was observed to demand improvement at the centre.
Probably looking at the response the CHWC’s call evoked, Youth Congress members from Canacona are now trying to take credit for the improvement of the facilities at the community health centre.
After the one-day strike, the government acted quickly and sanctioned two additional nurses for the centre who have already reported for duty and another doctor has been deputed to visit the centre twice a week.
Upon this development, Poinguinim Constituency Youth Congress President Elvis Gomes along with his counterpart from Canacona Sanju Naik called on the Acting Health Officer Dr. Sujata Prabhugaonkar to ostensibly review the functioning of the centre.
Subsequently, the duo called a delegation of the CHWC and tried to tell them that the Youth Congress would now follow up the matter and ensure that all the facilities are provided to the centre as soon as possible.
However, these efforts by the Youth Congress members to take credit for the struggle of the people has evoked strong reaction with CHWC Secretary Sanjay Komarpant condemning the political gimmick while CHWC President Diago D’Silva asserted that the committee was not affiliated with any political party but was merely being the voice of the aam admi.