Govt doctors run private clinic in SDH Sogam Lolab

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Strict action will be taken against those found guilty: DGHSK

Azad Hussain

Kupwara, Aug 13: On hot summer days in the morning, a large number of patients men, women and children from various far flung areas of north Kashmir’s Lolab valley feel heat in Sub district hospital (SDH) Sogam lolab as they wait for their appointment with the doctors who run private clinics and that too in the hospital buildings in SDH Sogam lolab in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
According to the patients they have to wait for hours in the corridors of the main building of SDH Sogam where near to this building two full time government doctors run private clinics in the government building, which is allotted to them for residency purposes only.
Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad Malik, Consultant Gynaecologist and Dr. Mohd Ashraf, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist were given residency in a government building at SDH sogam but instead of using the building for residency purposes both run private clinics in the same government building. Sources told Precious Kashmir that Dr. Mohd Ashraf charges two hundred rupees and Dr. Ishfaq Malik, one hundred fifty rupees as consultation fee from every patient in their respective clinics (residency rooms) of the government building in SDH Sogam. Irony is that, this all is happening in front of the eyes of Block Medical Officer (BMO) Sogam Lolab.
When contacted, Block Medical Officer Sogam Dr. Firdous Ahmad initially not admitted the query but after some time said that I have received the same complaint before few months that both doctors have converted residency building into private clinics.”But, when I as a BMO initiated action against one of the doctor he threatened me that I will resign my job” BMO said.
“If he will leave the job what I will do? I have no doctor then to treat the patients” BMO Sogam added.
When contacted, Director General Health Services Kashmir (DGHSK) Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman said that I will look into the matter. “Stern action will be taken against those found guilty” he said, adding that there is no question of compromise or protecting the accused.