When the South Goa district Collector requisitioned the ESI hospital, Margao in March last year, first as a quarantine centre and later notified as a full-fledged Covid hospital, healthcare workers, including doctors and para-medics, rose to the occasion to handle extraordinary situations.
ESI doctors, paramedics and multi-task workers all pooled their efforts to take up the challenge at hand, before the government beefed up the manpower with staff from the Directorate of Health Services and Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim. Many of the staff, including nurses, were infected with the coronavirus when the ESI hospital was the lone hospital treating Covid patients.
With two days left for the Covid vaccination to roll out from January 16, healthcare workers attached to the ESI hospital are also looking forward to the vaccination.
ESI Hospital plays host to around 120 regular staff, comprising doctors and paramedics, and the total number of employees, including contract workers, is pegged at over 200.
ESI Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Vishwajit Faldesai has already submitted the list of doctors and staff attached to the hospital for the vaccination, beginning from Saturday. “Our list of healthcare workers, including doctors and paramedics and other staff, has already been submitted to the office of the South Goa Collector,” he said.
He pointed out that the hospital has submitted the names of both the regular and contract workers who are all eligible to receive the Covid vaccine as healthcare workers.