Valpoi: Health Minister Shri Vishwajit Rane launched the Free Eye Check-up and Surgery camp at Valpoi under the ‘Vision For All’ initiative.
Present at the event were Dr. Jose D’Sa – Director DHS, Dr. Rajesh Parab – MD of Colorcon Asia, Dr. Vandana Dhume, Dr. Shyam Kankonkar – Health Officer of CHC Valpoi & Zilla Panchayat Members. Nearly 1200 people have registered for the camp, under which free eye check-up, medicines, spectacles and surgeries would be done.
During his interaction with the people, he shared his vision of setting up an ophthalmic hospital in Sankhalim, equipped with all super-speciality techniques, to ensure eye care treatment to the people.
Rane also announced that all the health centers- PHCs and CHCs will be equipped with I-SAT machines, point-of-care testing equipment, can be used to test 28 parameters.
Rane said that the Vision for All is an effort of BJP led government to take healthcare at the doorstep of the people, especially senior citizens, who in the current COVID pandemic are scared to visit hospitals for their eye check-up.
Rane said that following suggestions from the Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant, a proposal would be worked out to set up an Ophthalmic hospital in Sankhalim, which will cater to the people even from Bicholim and Sattari.
He said that the camps, which are launched in Margao, Bicholim, Sanguem, Quepem, etc are receiving overwhelming response from the people.
Rane further informed that the government intends to put in commission six major hospitals including the Super-speciality block at Bambolim within the next six months. He said that the Chief Minister on Friday held a review meeting of the hospitals that also included full-fledged functioning of South Goa district hospital, Curchorem hospital, Tuvem hospital, etc.
Pointing to the rising number of cases in Maharashtra and Karnataka, Rane said the Goa government will have to keep strong vigil to ensure there is no further spread of the virus in the State.
He said that during his recent visit to America, he realised that the Covid testing facilities in India are far better and advanced than in America, as a result of which we saw very less number of deaths in India.
The Minister appealed to people to continue wearing a mask and maintain social distancing.