Panjim: Goa-based NGO Hope Foundation, which was the first one to raise issue about extortion by Ambulance mafia at Goa Medical College and Hospital, has condemned Congress MLA Francis Silveira while welcoming move of Health Minister Vishwajit Rane to introduce free Hearse Van service.
Foundation’s Director Andrea Pereira has said that the mammoth fee charged by Ambulance mafia which illegally parks their vehicle at Goa Medical College and Hospital was cause of concern for poor relatives of patients who expire at this hospital.
While government had introduced free ambulance service under 108, there was a need to have similar service to transport the bodies, she said adding that the NGO had given memorandum to Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, who took no time to agree to the demand.
“Now when the demand is met, we are anguished over the behaviour of Congress MLA Francis Silveira, who has reportedly threatened GMC Dean. Silveira is outrightly supporting Ambulance mafia, which is unpardonable,” she said.
Hope Foundation has threatened to expose the links between Ambulance mafia and Silveira, if he continues to obstruct the cause of providing free Hearse Van service.
Pereira has said that welfare of the poor people who always be a focus point for any government. “Providing free Hearse Van service is a giant step in giving relief to the relatives who have to shell thousands of rupees to carry the dead bodies. The mounting number of dead bodies in GMC morgue is a result of such extortion,” she said.
Hope Foundation has thanked Health Minister Vishwajit Rane for addressing such a crucial issue.
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