Goa: A day after announcing that the state would get its third Covid hospital, health minister Vishwajit Rane said the government aims to make the south Goa district hospital operational as a 250-bedded Covid facility. In a meeting with health officials, Rane discussed how the state could fast-track the functioning of the new Covid hospital. The total bed capacity at the South Goa district hospital is 500.
The state has been running short of beds for Covid-19 patients over the past two weeks due to a spike in infections. It has also come under attack from the opposition for failing to expand bed capacity despite cases soaring. Rane said the Goa Medical College (GMC), Bambolim, and the directorate of health services (DHS) will have an integrated team to work at the third Covid hospital.
The team will comprise a pool of medical officers, expert doctors, nurses and multi-task workers (MTS). Two GVK EMRI ambulances will be deployed at the facility to shift critical patients to either the ESI-Covid hospital in Margao or to the GMC as and when the need arises, he said.
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