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COVID-19 positive Director of Goa Health Services admitted in private hospital exposes poor health condition in the state: Kamat

Margao: Raising questions over COVID-19 positive Director of Health Services Jose D’Sa being admitted into a private hospital instead of a government opposition, 

Leader of Opposition in Goa Legislative Assembly Digambar Kamat on Thursday questioned preparedness of state government in handling and management of Coronavirus pandemic after Health Services Director got admitted to a private hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.

In a statement, he said, ‘As Director of Health Services Jose D’ Sa himself gets admitted in private hospital after testing Covid Positive, the preparedness of the government on handling and management of corona pandemic and public health care stands exposed.’

‘I can now only pray to the God for the wellbeing of all stated Digambar Kamat while reacting to the reports of Director Health Services Jose D’ Sa testing positive and preferring to get admitted in Manipal Hospital instead of Goa Medical College,’ he said. 

‘I had alerted the government as early as in March 2020 to form a task force comprising of experts from Civil Society and Army to handle and manage the Covid pandemic. Unfortunately, the government did not listen and today the Minister for Defence (State) and North Goa MP Shripad Naik is compelled to get admitted in a Private Hospital,’ he said. 

Mr Kamat pointed out that he had also demanded that government should go for Community Testing rather than going for Community Survey but the Goa government did not listen and rather tried to ridicule the suggestion. 

Incidentally, the AIIMS team of experts which recently visited the state had publicly emphasised on having Community Testing to control the spread of Corona, he said. 

‘Despite of my repeated demand to make South Goa District Hospital fully operational, the government is still not taking any steps to make the hospital fully functional. The people want to know the reasons keeping the two floors of the hospital vacant, when the government is actually struggling for the space to accommodate Covid patients,’ the former Chief Minister said. 

‘The time has passed of giving warnings and ultimatums to the government. If the government fails to act pro-actively, I will have no option to launch a State wide agitation,’ he warned.

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com
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