BARAMULLA, May 30: Taking cognizance of reports of unsatisfactory health services and poor facilities in the peripheral areas, Minister for Health, Sham Lal Sharma, today paid a surprise visit to various health institutions of Baramulla district. He directed on-the-spot attachment of Chief Medical Officer, Baramulla with the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir and suspension of Block Medical Officer, Pattan with immediate effect.
During his visit to health institutions in the district, the Minister viewed seriously the unsatisfactory health services and work culture which necessitated the action. He also imposed a fine of Rs. 2000 on Dr. Shakeel Ahmed, presently posted at SDH, Pattan under NRHM for not wearing the apron while on duty.
Meanwhile, the Medical Superintendent, District Hospital, Baramulla has been asked to look after the work of CMO in addition to his own duties till further orders.
Interacting with the people at Pattan, the Minister said that Government has been spending huge funds for improving the health services across the State, but due to poor work culture and negligence of some employees, the people are not getting their dues. He issued stern warning to the doctors and para-medics to mend ways and deliver on ground as per the medical ethics; otherwise they will face the action warranted under rules.
He said Government has improved working conditions of the health institutions during the past over three years and it is expected that the employees would perform their duties with missionary zeal and dedication. The non-performing officials will be debarred from the promotional and other incentives, he added.