PANJIM: Health Minister Vishwajit Rane reiterated that private hospitals in the State will not be allowed to carry out organ transplants till Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) resumes conducting the procedures.
He informed the media that the permission granted by the Appropriate Authority to Manipal Hospital to conduct kidney transplant has been kept in abeyance.
He said, “I will not allow any private hospital to conduct kidney transplant till we start the facility in GMC. I have instructed GMC to start the facility as soon as possible. I will dissolve the committee which was formed to decide kidney transplant and that gave the approval. New committee will be formed soon.”
In September, the Appropriate Authority under the Health Department had paved the way to grant permission to Manipal Hospital to establish an organ transplant unit. However, amidst allegations of a scam the Health Minister had asked that the minutes of the meeting of the Appropriate Authority be kept in abeyance.
Meanwhile, the foundation stone for the superspeciality block is expected to be laid in mid-November. Rane said, “The work on the superspeciality block costing Rs 320 crore of which Rs 120 crore have been sanctioned by the Central government, would begin soon. The foundation stone would be laid by the Union Minister JP Nadda in November.”
The government is also in the process of reviving more than 450 posts in GMC. “There are more than 450 posts that have lapsed over the years and I have requested the Chief Minister to revive it and they would be filled,” he said.
Vishwajit to act on sale of ketamine
PANJIM: Health Minister Vishwajit Rane expressed concern over the rampant abuse of ketamine in the coastal belt and the sale of ketamine by pharmacies.
Rane warned pharmacists indulging in the sale of ketamine that strict action will be taken including cancellation of licences. He said that the Directorate of Food and Drugs Administration (DFDA) would be ordered to keep a close watch on pharmacies.
He said, “Lots of ketamine is being circulated at rave parties. I’m going to come down heavily on the pharmacies and take strictest action on pharmacies that are selling ketamine.”
The Health Minister also expressed concern on the rising tendencies of suicide amongst teenagers. “New facilities like child counselling and many other things have to be upgraded in the IPHB. I need some time,” he added.