Panaji, December 18: Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Monday announced that liver-screening facility will soon be introduced in all government-run hospitals.
Rane was speaking at the launch of the Community Diabetic Center (CDC) at Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC). The government has tied up with Novo Nordisk Education Foundation for prevention of diabetes through early detection, diagnosis and management.
The Minister said the government is on the verge of finalizing the liver-screening, tender for which has been adopted on line with comprehensive healthcare. “Medicines have been tendered and we just need to get into MOU for screening machine,” he said, adding that liver-screening process will involve blood tests and diagnoses.
He said that the programme will help take preventive care as there were many cases of liver cirrhosis in the State. Speaking about the CDC, Rane said that 15 diabetic care centers would be set up at various health centers. He said the government will spend Rs 30 crore on the project over the next three years. Auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) and Multi-purpose health workers (MPHW) would be trained in creating awareness to ensure proper guidance and treatment to patients, the Minister said.
Directorate of Health Services had in September launched ‘Changing Diabetes Barometer (CDB)’ programme, under which free anti-diabetic treatment and medicines, home visits from ANMs and diabetes counselors and distribution of relevant diabetes educational literature at all government hospitals and primary health care centres would be provided.