In a first for a government-run hospital in the state, Margao’s Hospicio on Wednesday launched a break room to enable its staff to de-stress. Now, overworked doctors and other healthcare workers can keep their stethoscopes and scrubs aside and socialise, relax and unwind over a game of carrom or badminton in the hospital premises itself.
Christened as the ‘Decovid Hub’, the break room occupies the space created in the hospital after Hospicio’s medicine ward was shifted last month to the new South Goa district hospital. It now has a badminton court for those who want physical activity.
Explaining the objective of the Decovid Hub, Almeida said, “We came to realise that because of the Covid-19 pandemic, doctors at Hospicio were working under high levels of stress and anxiety. As this facility is aimed at allowing them to de-stress after long working hours, we named it the Decovid Hub”.
Meanwhile, the Goa branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) presented the hospital PPE suits, masks, and pulse oximeters for frontline health workers.