GOA: The Chimbel primary health centre has teamed up with the village panchayat and a social worker to make it easier for people in the village and neighbouring areas to get tested. After an appeal by resident and social worker Ana Gracias, the NGO Street Providence offered a small ambulance free of cost to facilitate the testing of elderly, homebound, persons with disabilities, and children.
The panchayat takes care of the driver’s salary, petrol and PPE kits through the mamlatdar and collector. The ambulance picks and drops residents from Chimbel, Merces, Curca, Bambolim, Santana and neighbouring areas, said Gracias, who has been volunteering as an attendant. It also transports them to Covid care centres.
“Sometimes, people are afraid to touch their own family who are positive, or transport them in their own vehicles,” said Gracias. “Others are old and have no means of getting to the health care centre.” This service has proved beneficial to residents who sometimes have to be transported several kilometres to get tested. Since testing is not done everyday at all health centres in the area, people have to be shifted to Santa Cruz and Taleigao accordingly, she said.
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