Critically ill COVID patients to be treated at GMCH from Monday: Vishwajit Rane


Panaji: Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Friday said state government will be re-organising its COVID-19 treatment facilities from Monday onwards as per which all the critically ill coronavirus patients would be treated at Goa Medical College and Hospital.

The patients were currently treated at ESI Hospital in Margao. Rane also appealed people who have recovered from COVID-19 infection to come out and donate their plasma which can be used to treat other patients.

Meanwhile, Rane said that  Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik “came back from the door of death” after getting infected with COVID-19 infection.

Rane said that Naik, who is currently admitted in a private hospital, has been doing well after he was administered plasma therapy.

The health minister rubbished the criticism around the immunity boosters recommended by AYUSH ministry at the backdrop of ill health of Naik.

“When AYUSH ministry has recommended immunity boosters, they must have done it after proper research and using their wisdom. It is not fair to pass comments on it,” Rane said.

Responding to a question, the Minister said “Naik, who is a very good human being as fallen ill. He has virtually had gone to the doors of death and come back. Using of Arsenic has nothing to do with his life, it is never made mandatory for anybody.”

“It was bad luck that he got infected. He moves around amongst public. Public servant is a person who goes to every nook and corner of society. We should be praying for his fast recovery,” Rane said.

The minister said that the health conditions of Naik have improved and he is stable.

Rane said that the last one week has been “dramatic” as several people from the public field were infected with the virus. The minister appealed people to celebrate personalized “Ganesh Chaturthi” festival to avoid further spread of the virus.




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