[GUIDE] Goa’s Chorao island in desperate need of full-time doctor | Goa News – Fees

PANAJI: More than a year after petitioning several government authorities and elected representatives, residents of the island village of Chorao are yet to have their demand for a full-time doctor posted at the rural medical dispensary (RMD) fulfilled.
The accommodation for doctors is in ruins and though the rural dispensary provides primary medical care during certain hours of the day, villagers say it is difficult to get immediate medical help during emergencies. The village has a population of about 5,000.
The village panchayat had written to the director of health services highlight critical issues such as that of people having died on the ferry during the river crossing on the way to the hospital. “Two months ago a villager who tested positive for Covid died in a ferry while being taken to Goa medical college,” said Lawrance Colaco, a panch member of Chodan-Madel panchayat.
Colaco said the doctor posted at the dispensary is available till 5.30pm and though there are two private doctors — one works for a hospital in Panaji and other is an ayurvedic physician — they aren’t available through the day and especially at night. “If somebody falls ill in the evening or later in the night and needs hospitalisation, we have to rush to Panaji. If the emergency happens after 2am, then one has to pay Rs250 for a special ferry service. That is why we have been asking for a doctor to be posted on the island 24X7,” he said.
Villagers have the option of going to Bicholim since it does not require using the ferry service, but Colaco said that it is pointless to take a serious patient across town as normally all such cases get referred to GMC.
He said they have approached authorities at various points but that has gone nowhere. In the last two months, he said, even the single ambulance posted on the island was withdrawn which has forced people to arrange a private vehicle during an emergency.
Locals donated a refrigerator, a steriliser and a telephone set to the dispensary since the government failed to provide basics for the functioning of the rural dispensary, he said. Prior to 1990, Colaco said there was a full-time doctor posted on the island. The practice was stopped for undisclosed reasons. Since then the three living quarters meant for the doctors’ stay have been neglected. When there is a death on the island, there is no doctor to issue a death certificate villagers have to run from pillar to post to get the certificate.

[GUIDE] Goa’s Chorao island in desperate need of full-time doctor | Goa News – Fees
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