Minister suspends absentee doctor, officials arrested for drinking during duty hours

During a surprise visit to Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Tikri and Garhi, in Udhampur, the Minister for Health and Medical, ARI and Trainings, Ch Lal Singh today suspended a doctor for being absent from the duty, while some officials who were found drinking alcohol during duty hours, were also arrested.
Minister suspends absentee doctor, officials arrested for drinking during duty hours
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During a surprise visit to Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Tikri and Garhi, in Udhampur, the Minister for Health and Medical, ARI and Trainings, Ch Lal Singh today suspended a doctor for being absent from the duty, while some officials who were found drinking alcohol during duty hours, were also arrested. 

He also ordered termination of Dr Shikha who was appointed under NRHM.

During his visit, the minister took serious note of the absence of Dr Shivani, and asked Director Health Services to place her under Suspension.

The minister also caught officials of PHC Tikri consuming alcohol during duty hours in the office premises. Pharmacist Laxmi Dubey and Nursing Orderly Ashok Kumar were arrested by the police after their medical examination, while two officials Bupinder Singh a Dental Technician, and Rakesh Kumar fled from the spot.

The minister directed the concerned SHO to arrest those officials immediately.

Director General ISM Dr. Abdul Kabir Dar, Mission Director, NHM, Dr. Yash Pal Sharma, Director, Health Services, Dr. Baljet Singh Pathania, Director Family Welfare, Dr. Baldev Sharma, Chief Medical Officer, Jammu, Dr. Robinder Gupta, Deputy Director (HQ), Dr. Ajay Gupta, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Basant Kumar besides other senior officers of Health Department accompanied the minister.

The minister also visited the Primary Health Centre, Garhi and found 16 staff members including medicos and paramedics absent from duty and only one pharmacist was present in the hospital.

Ch Lal Singh has directed the Director Health Services to seek explanation from the absentees including Block Medical Officer, Vijay Basotra for negligence of duty.

Earlier, the minister inaugurated New Type Primary Health Centre at Chibba in Dansal block.

The hospital has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.22 crore under NABARD by Police Housing Corporation with the facilities of Male Ward, Female Ward, Labour Rom, Dental Section, General Section, X-Ray Section and MCH section.

The minister directed the hospital management to provide 24-hour best medicare facilities to the people so that the people of Chibba, Basner, Marh, Drabi, Bamyal, Pangali, Dadyal do not have to travel to Jammu for treatment. He said all efforts are afoot to equip PHC Chibba with latest technique equipments.

Ch Lal Singh directed the medicos and paramedics to remain present in the hospital as per duty roasters and to leave the work station only when their reliever assumes duty. He said government is committed to provide best healthcare facilities to the people in every nook and corner of the state. 

He asked the staff members to increase OPD and IPD in the hospital and also maintain cleanliness in and around the hospital. 

Responding to the demands of locals, he directed the Director Health Services to provide ambulance service to the hospital within two days.

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