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India time | 5 days ago | 23-08-2022 | 8:29 p.m.
India time
5 days ago | 23-08-2022 | 8:29 p.m.

PANAJI: The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday criticized the BJP government for the lack of infrastructure in the new district hospital in South Goa. AAP youth wing national chairman Siddesh Bhagat said the South Goa hospital was in critical condition despite the BJP talking about development and dual-engine government. “The reality is completely different. The district hospital was not even built two years ago, but it is in critical condition. There is a lack of beds, a lack of medical personnel and now an elevator in “Patients have to queue for hours,” Bhagat said, adding that the hospital also lacks a 24/7 pharmacy and canteen service. “It is also essential that doctors and nurses are available. The emergency section of the district hospital consists of a CMO and two interns,” he said. The party called on Health Minister Vishwajit Rane to carry out a surprise inspection of the hospital Rane recently admitted to the lack of infrastructure at the hospital while answering a question during the session of the Legislative Assembly.He said that the unavailability of orthopedic implants and MRI facilities at the hospital of South Goa district was among the reasons for patients being referred from the hospital to Goa Medical College, Bambolim in North Goa. Patients requiring intensive care, Unstable heart patients requiring cardiologist advice as well as coronary angiography investigation and treatment are also referred to GMC from South Goa district hospital in the north, he said. Neurotoxic patients who may require intensive care and ventilator as well as heart attack and thrombolysis (involving blood clots) of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) are also referred to the South District Hospital GMC Goa in addition to CT scans and evaluation by neurosurgeons, Rane said. Other medical cases such as patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary/pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia who require respiratory support, chronic kidney disease and acute renal failure requiring dialysis or further evaluation by nephrologists and severe anemia or low platelet count who need hematocrits or platelet transfusions are also not treated at South Goa District Hospital, he added. Other cases involving the medical department such as complicated cases of pyrexia (fever) where diagnosis requires additional tests such as bone marrow, liver biopsy or may require intensive care and respiratory support are also not no longer covered at the district hospital. Likewise, obstetrics, gynecology and surgical patients requiring intensive care as well as pediatric cases who require a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) for status epilepticus or seizures and who may require ventilation and pediatric patients who require advanced neonatal care (ventilator care) and those who require MRI and bone marrow examination are also among the pediatric cases referred to the GMC in the north. Besides surgical patients requiring intensive care, those requiring urology and neurology advice are also referred to the GMC. Obstetrics and gynecology patients requiring intensive care as well as blood component therapy are referred to the GMC, he said. Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) cases where patients are unfit or those at high risk of anesthesia as well as malignant tumors of the ear, nose and throat are also referred to the GMC from South Goa District Hospital. The South Goa District Hospital also lacks inpatient psychiatric services and such patients are also referred to the GMC, Rane had said.