PANJIM: A day after inspecting the Super Speciality block at Goa Medical College (GMC), Health Minister Vishwajit Rane expressed confidence that the State will be able to increase the capacity of beds even further.
Pointing out that he had reviewed the ongoing work with GMC Dean and Health Secretary, Rane said that 150 beds in GMC’s ICU and 150 at the Super Speciality block will be commissioned very soon. He said as far as bed capacity at GMC, there will be scope to further increase the number of beds once the new 300 beds are occupied.
Rane said he had discussions with the Chief Minister with regards to getting additional staff and that there is a possibility to bring around 100-120 doctors on board.
Stating that they are also looking into the need of bringing more nurses, he said they are also looking at roping in 130-odd interns from GMC. He mentioned that they are looking at addressing all areas wherever they may be falling behind.
“This will enhance our strength in combating the situation arising out of the coronavirus outbreak in the State,” said Rane.
He said the government is also expediting the proposal of recruiting more number of security guards at GMC and government hospitals.