GOA: Locals of Ribandar appealed to the corporation of the city of Panaji (CCP) to set up a full-fledged urban health centre at the vacant old hospital in Ribandar under the Smart City instead of a day dispensary. Ribandar councillor Rupesh Harlarnkar said a day dispensary didn’t work out in the past. Advocate Aires Rodrigues said a 20-bed, 24 by 7 full fledged health centre with X-ray, sonography, CT scan and MRI facilities would help not only Ribandar residents, but take care of the health needs of residents of Old Goa, Corlim, Chorao, two panchayats of Divar, Chimbel and Merces.
This has been a long standing demand of the local residents ever since the GMC’s gynaecology wing was moved out of the complex in 1988. “The cosmetic facility, which is now approved, is a cheap gesture to pacify the residents of Ribandar and will benefit no one as it would only be a waste of public funds,” the residents stated in their representation to CCP. Rodrigues alleged that the local corporator and residents were not taken into confidence when deciding on a day dispensary there.
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