Panaji: March 06, 2019 … “The Tertiary Cancer Centre (TCC) and Day Care Centre for Mentally ill people is a long cherished dream of Chief Minister Shri. Parrikar. Many people visit the neighboring states for Cancer treatments, PET Scan etc. which will be made available for free at this center. This TCC will be run under the expert technical guidance of doctors from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.

Types of equipment worth Rs. 70 crore and more will be bought making Goa the only state to give free Cancer treatment,” informed Minister for Health Shri. Vishwajit Rane while speaking at the function to lay the foundation stone of Tertiary Cancer Centre (TCC), Day Care Centre and an awareness program on ‘Swawlambhan’ scheme at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Bambolim today. The function was jointly organised by Directorate of Health Services (DHS) and Directorate of Women and Child Development (DWC).

“The Government has already launched Pre Breast Cancer screenings program at the village level in association with Yuvraj Singh Foundation. The Anganwadi teachers and workers contribute immensely in popularizing such programs and schemes. The ‘swawlamban’ scheme is launched by the WCD to make women self-reliant. The Government will consider all the demands made by the Anganwadi workers. Their remuneration will be also increased by 50% in addition to 50% increase by the Central Ministry. 100 Anganwadis will be undertaken for renovation and a new e-learning module will be developed. Teachers will be duly trained in this module,” the Minister said.

Later, he also launched 10 ambulances equipped with the advanced life-saving system. He informed that a seven-year contract is signed with ‘Sodexo’,  which will provide premium nutritious food to GMC patients, their families as well as the staff and students.

Member of Parliament Adv. Narendra Savaikar, MLA Santa Andre Shri. Francis Silveira, MLA of Santa Cruz Shri. Tony Fernandes, Secretary of Health Shri. J.AshokKumar IAS, Secretary Women and Child Development Shri. C.R. Garg IAS, Director of Health Services Dr. Sanjeev Dalvi, Director of Women and Child Development Shri. Deepak Dessai, Director of Food and Drugs Administration Dr. Jyoti Dardessai, Vice Chairman, GSIDC Shri. Siddharth Kunkoliekar, Dean – GMC Dr. Shivanand Bandekar, Dean-Goa Dental College Dr. Ida Athaide, Asst. Director of GSIDC Shri. Jude Carvalho, Deputy Director of Health Dr. Jose D’Sa were present on the occasion.

Earlier the function began by lighting the traditional lamp. The dignitaries laid the foundation stone the TCC and Daycare Centre by unveiling the plaque. Dr. Sanjeev Dalvi welcomed the gathering. Dr. Anuapama Borcar briefed about Cancer disease, precaution and cure. Shri. Deepak Dessai enlightened the crowd by presenting a power point presentation on ‘Swavlamban’ scheme. Adv. Savaikar, Shri. Silveira, Shri. Fernandes and Shri. Kunkoliekar also spoke on the occasion.

The program was attended by Anganwadi workers in large numbers. Dr. Mulgaonkar compered the function.

The 110 bedded tertiary cancer centre will be housed in the GMC complex. Facilities like radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, diagnostic, brachytherapy, pain management, daycare, OPD, transfusion medicine, palliative care, laboratories, OT complex, ICU and wards will be made available. The project is commissioned at the cost of Rs. 120 cr.

The proposed day care centre is a non-residential facility for mentally challenged ill patients which will be equipped with 10 vocational activity rooms, each with a capacity of 40 people, a Yoga room, recreational room and multiple activity rooms, computer lab, library and consultants cabin.


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