Vasco woman denied admission to GMC hospital




In a height of discrimination, a 28-year-old woman from Vasco was told to go out from a casualty ward of the Goa Medical College (GMC) and Hospital at Bambolim by a doctor on Saturday, citing that she came from Vasco which is badly affected by COVID-19

Narrating the incident, Gaurish Volvoikar, a resident of Non Mon Vasco who is the husband of the woman said that he had visited the GMC Hospital at Bambolim at around 11.30 am, when his wife Mahi Volvoikar complained of severe pain in her waist.

“Accordingly, I had registered my wife’s name at the registration counter, wherein the attendant told me to visit the casualty ward of the hospital”, said Volvoikar.

“However, when I entered the casualty ward along with my wife, a doctor asked me from where we had come. When, I told him that, we had come from Vasco, he got angry on both of us, as if we had done something wrong.

The doctor then told us to ‘get out from the casualty ward’ and ordered the doorkeepers to take both of us out from the casualty ward”,
said Volvoikar.

“When I captured the photo of the doctor in the casualty ward on my cell phone, a policeman and other hospital staff came to me and told me to delete the picture. I did so in fear of my life”,
added Volvoikar.

“I then narrated the incident to some of my media friends and after that the video highlighting discrimination at GMC Hospital went viral on social media”, disclosed

Taking cognisance on this issue, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant called me on my cell phone and ensured to initiate prompt action against the doctor who had ill-treated me and my wife at
the hospital.

“I have raised the issue of discrimination meted out to me and my wife in the interest of people residing in and around Vasco which is possibly due to the rise in positive cases of COVID-19.

The people from Vasco should not suffer when they visit the GMC and other hospitals in the state”
said Volvoikar.

He urged the Health Minister Vishwajit Rane to initiate immediate action against the doctor who had misbehaved with him and his wife for being a resident
of Vasco.