BY: Ejaz-ul-haq Bhat
Bandipora, Feb 13: Even after the passing of two months, the district hospital Bandipora has been functioning without a medical superintendent after the transfer of former MS from the district in December last year.
According to wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the medical superintendent who was posted at district hospital Bandipora was transferred on December 10 last year but since then new MS has not been posted in the hospital.Official sources told KNO the functioning of the hospital has been badly affected due to the non-availability of MS in the hospital for the past more than two months.They said that the charge has been given to chief medical officer Bandipora and he has to look after two posts at the time which affects the smooth functioning of the hospital as well as his own office.
“It has been more than two months now that the MS was transferred and a new one is yet to be appointed. The functioning of the hospital has been badly affected as no official work is carried out smoothly without the post of MS. Even though the higher-ups have been intimated several times but posted is yet to be filled,” said a health official posted at DH Bandipora.Likewise, the main health block of Bandipora is also functioning with the block medical officer after he was transferred on January 31 this year.
Even though the new BMO was posted for Bandipora block after the transfer of BMO Bandipora, Dr. Ashfaq, following the allegations of misconduct and unruly behavior with one of his subordinate employees.
He was transferred and demoted to the position of Medical Officer days after assaulting a para-medical employee in his office chamber.
Officials told that the day BMO was transferred, new BMO was posted for Bandipora block but to date, he has not joined his place of posting and the block is functioning without BMO which has badly affected its smooth functioning.Pertinently, district Bandipora is also without district health officer (DHO) and district immunization officer (DIO). Officials told KNO after the superannuation of earlier DHO in December last year, authorities are yet to fill the vacancy.A senior official of the health department posted in Bandipora told KNO that they have many times sent the reminders to higher-ups to fill up these vacancies but to date, they are lying vacant which has marred the smooth functioning of the health sector in the district. (KNO)