A well attended public meeting held today opposite the Old Ribandar Hospital gave the Goa Government a 15 day ultimatum to decide on the unanimous demand of the people that a fully fledged Health centre be set up at the old Ribandar Hospital with all medical facilities.
The meeting which was presided by local Corporator and Convenor of the Ribandar Health Care Committee Rupesh Harlankar was also addressed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues , Mukesh Desai, Antonio Inacio Frois , Prakash Amonkar, Sudesh Kalangutkar, Elvis de souza, Smita Shirodkar, Shashikant Amonkar and former ZP member Sandeep Vernekar amongst others. The meeting was attended by some members of the Old Goa, Chimbel and Merces Panchayats and the other Ribandar Corporator Arati Harlankar.
In a resolution passed unanimously the meeting reminded the Government that in August 2017, the then Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had publicly assured the residents of Ribandar that he would ensure that within three months full Medical care services and facilities would be restored at the Old Ribandar hospital.
The resolution also drew the attention of the government that even the current Panaji MLA Babush Monseratte had in his May 2019 by-election manifesto promised the people of a 24X7 health care centre at Ribandar with a fully fledged casualty unit.
While expressing the urgent need of a 24 hour well equipped health centre which should be at least a 10-bedded male and female ward medical facility with X-ray, Sonography, CT scan, MRI, Laboratory and other facilities, the resolution highlighted the fact that besides catering to the health needs of the very densely populated Ribandar, the medical centre would also benefit the residents of neighboring Old Goa, Corlim, Divar, Chorao, Merces and Chimbel.