Labour Minister Rohan Khaunte during the review meeting with the director of administration Sabaji Shetye, hospital in-charge Dr Vishwajit Phaldesai, Labour Commissioner Gopal Parsekar and other officials in connection with the ongoing work of the 100-bedded ESI Hospital Khaunte: full-fledged Margao ESI Hospital by March
Posted by: nt December 8, 2017 in Goa News
Construction work of the ESI Hospital in Margao, which has already missed the October deadline, will be completed by December 31 and will be fully-functional by March 2018, Labour Minister Rohan Khaunte said on Thursday. He said that all-out efforts are being made to complete the work by December 31.
Khaunte had a review meeting with the director of administration Sabaji Shetye, hospital in-charge Dr Vishwajit Phaldesai, Labour Commissioner Gopal Parsekar, administrative medical officer Dr Shubhangi Lotlikar, contractors and other officials to check the status of the work. The 100-bedded hospital that was to be opened in October has yet to be made fully functional.
After the meeting, Khaunte informed that the hospital would cater to ESI beneficiaries for the entire area of south Goa adding, “The government will work on a timeframe to ensure that the hospital is opened with the basic facilities. The work is being reviewed on a daily basis. Machinery and equipment that have been requested for by the medical superintendent and in-charge will also be made available.”
He also said that the hospital had been struggling for the past three years and as minister he had spearheaded the expediting of the process. “I also heard the problems and issues of the staff as well as the contractors. With the chief minister’s approval, the hospital will be thrown open by the second week of January. The infrastructure will be ready by this month-end. By March, people will have a full-fledged hospital,” he said.
During the meeting, the minister also went around the hospital and took a note of facilities that were missing and those that were required.
The hospital located near the Rajendra Prasad stadium in Margao was built at a cost of Rs 84 crore to cater to patients under the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) scheme. Currently, there are 12 ESI dispensaries across the state and one hospital in Margao.
When it was commissioned in March 2014, the hospital was 20-bedded but a proposal was later approved to upgrade it to a 100-bedded hospital. Khaunte during the last review meeting in September had assured that the hospital would be ready by October, but owing to delays in equipments and required facilities, it is yet to be completed.
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