Medical Officer suspended for dereliction of duty

Authorities have suspended a Medical Officer posted at Primary Health Centre (PHC) Narbal here for alleged negligence of duty.

An official order issued by Deputy Magistrate Budgam said a complaint was received on August 6 against Dr Masrat Yaqoob, Medical Officer, mentioning that she was not visiting COVID19 patients and examining them.

“Whereas it appears that said Medical Officer is committing gross negligence which can put the health of patients at risk and may adversely affect COVID19 containment efforts,” the order reads.

The officer has been attached with the office of Block Medical Officer, Beerwah. BMO Beerwah, Dr Javid Ahmad Ganai confirmed the incident saying the suspended officer “may” report to his office from Monday.

Meanwhile, Deputy Magistrate Budgam, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza instructed Tehsilar and Block Medical Officer Magam to conduct an inquiry and submit report within a week.