‘Transfer me else I will commit suicide’

Says Doctor ‘in depression’ serving at SDH Tangdar for last 25 years

Tangdar, Dec 6: Emotionally hurt and visibly distressed, a medico has threatened to commit suicide if he was not transferred out of the remote Tangdar area of frontier District Kupwara where he has been serving as medical officer from last nearly three decades. Dr Parvaiz Iqbal, was appointed in 1990 and posted in District Hospital Baramulla wherefrom he was shifted to Tangdar just after two years. While talking a news agency Dr Iqbal said that since 1992 he has been left to rot in the remotest area of the valley without caring for his own health and the family.

“In 1990 I was appointed and posted at District Hospital Baramulla. Two years later I was transferred to Tangdar. Since then I am here…rather rotting here,” he said.

Dr Iqbal who has a specialization in Gynecology has been overburdened and looking after the ultra-sonography and other departments for which no specialised doctor has been posted in the hospital.

“I also attend on call duties round the clock. I also see OPD patients,” he said.

Dr Iqbal said he applied for transfer several times with the CMO’s, Director’s and health minister’s offices, but nobody ever took up his case.

Stagnant at one place from over two decades, Dr Iqbal said he is suffering from depression. “I am going to retire in next 3 to 4 years. I am suffering from depression due to the long stagnation at one station for last 25 years.”

Now, he appeals the Chief Minister, Health minister and Director Health Services to do some justice with him and transfer him to some other place.

Don’t I have right to work at any other place,” he says.

“If my request is again overlooked, I have no option but to commit suicide. I have landed in severe depression due to long stagnation at one place of posting”. (KNS)