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Plans afoot for hygienic food to industrial workers

Plans afoot for hygienic food to industrial workers

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02 Jul 2019 No comment 85 hits

Panaji 

Industries Minister Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday said that following his discussion with the representatives of the industries, the government is in the process of implementing the concept of an ‘industrial canteen’ with state-of-art facilities just like those provided by the Sodexo Food Services at the Goa Medical College Hospital.

“Our aim is to provide hygienic food to the workers in the industrial estates around Goa,” Rane added, maintaining that 4,000 to 5,000 employees in these industrial estates would be able to take benefit of the same, with the food provided to them at a subsidised rate, during the first year.

“Initially, this concept would be run on pilot basis at the Pilerne, Kundaim and Verna industrial estates, where there are large number of established industrial units,” he noted.

Rane, who also holds the health portfolio, earlier launched the Sodexo Food Services at the Bambolim-based nursing institute.

Director for food and drugs administration Jyoti Sardesai was also present on the occasion.

“We will soon provide nutritious food through this agency to all the bedded hospitals of the government, including the district hospitals in North and South Goa,” Rane stated.

Speaking to media persons, Rane said that there is a need to amend the Goa Public Health Act by introducing a few things from the central legislation namely Clinical Establishments Act to it. He also said that in Goa, it is just not practical to adopt the Clinical Establishment Act in toto, or else half of the private nursing homes here will shut down.

“Some provisions of the Clinical Establishment Act however would be followed by us including necessity on the part of hospitals and nursing homes to register themselves every three years with the nodal agency namely the directorate of health services,” Rane added, pointing out that ambulances would also have to be registered with the DHS. He also observed that the health secretary should be the appellate authority instead of the Health Minister, for purposes like appeals and so on. 

The Health Minister said the state government has received inquiries from many countries, including the government of Ivory Coast, as regards medical tourism in Goa. As far   medical tourism in concerned, the government has to play important role in ensuring the safety and transit of the patients, and then we can pass on the patients to one or two private sector hospitals in the state. 

“We will soon have a comprehensive set up for medical tourism, including rehabilitation centres, starting the concept at the under-construction 120-bedded, at Pernem,” he said, pointing out that as far as the Goan patients are not charged for their treatment, it is fine.

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