Balurghat, Sept. 4: The block medical officer of Kumarganj, Rameshwar Ghosh, has been showcaused for proceeding on leave without permission at a time an unknown disease has killed three people and 500 people are under treatment in the area.
Ghosh had gone on leave on Saturday without seeking permission from the chief medical officer of health, Kajal Kanti Mandal.
“When the presence of the block medical officer is needed the most, he proceeded on leave without my permission. So, I issued a showcause notice to him yesterday afternoon,” said the CMOH.
The spokesperson for the state health department, Asit Biswas, told The Telegraph from Calcutta today that Swasthya Bhavan had given the instruction to the CMOH to take action against the truant medical officer.
The health officials said the unknown disease stalking the Kumarganj block might be Encephalitis. While three persons died last week, 500 people are under treatment for Encephalitis-like symptoms.
The residents complained that they were not getting proper treatment at the block hospital. “When we ask the doctors about the condition of the patients, they direct us to meet the BMOH. But he is absent most of the time,” said Mofajjal Hossen, a CPM leader.