Friday, June 16, 2017

In Budgam’s Khag, doctors, paramedics have spent decades without transfers

Kasmir Monitor: Srinagar: Friday, June 16, 2017.
Doctors and senior medical officers posted at Budgam’s Khag area have not been for the last many years, hitting patient-care at the health centres.
A Right to Information (RTI) application, a copy of which is with The Kashmir Monitor, filed by one Nazir Ahmad Lone, a resident of Shunglipora Khag, has revealed that the Medical Officer (MO) at Primary Health Centre (PHC) Khag has been posted there for the last 17 years.
The Medical Officer at PHC Poshkar has also been posted at the health centre for the same period, the RTI has revealed.
While the Dental Surgeon at PHC Poshkar, as per the RTI, has not been transferred for the last six years, the Junior Grade Nurse at PHC Khag has been staying there for the last 17 years.
Several lower-rung employees at the health centres also have not been transferred for the last many years, the RTI revealed.
The stay hits the healthcare as well as promotes corruption, people allege.
“The doctors have a tie-up with private pharmaceutical companies. They prescribe medicines of the particular company only,” Nazir said.
“More than the treatment of the patients, the doctors have indulged in business with the drug companies. Such medicines are not effective and put the patients at risk.”
He said that the higher authorities in the health department in the district were sleeping over the issue.
“The doctors have turned the health centres into business hubs, but the authorities do not find it necessary to transfer them. It is a pity that a doctor is not transferred for nearly two decades,” he said.
Admitting the extended stay of doctors and paramedical staff at the health centres, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Budgam, Dr G M Dar, told The Kashmir Monitor that he would look into the matter.
“The issue has come to my notice earlier. In fact we have submitted a detailed report regarding the matter to the Director Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) two months ago. Hopefully, there will be a breakthrough in the matter soon. Doctors or paramedics who have been continuously staying at one place, would be transferred,” Dar said.
Dar admitted that there were some “chronic cases” wherein the doctors have not been transferred for years.
“Once there is an approval from the DHSK, I will act instantly,” he said.