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Protest to stall medicos’ transfer

Sambalpur, Dec. 27: The transfer of 14 doctors from the district headquarters hospital has caused resentment in the city.

Members consisting of local residents of the Nagarika Kalyan Samiti today staged a dharna in front of the revenue divisional commissioner’s office, demanding immediate cancellation of the transfer order.

The health department has transferred 16 doctors from the hospital a few days ago and asked them to join at their places of postings with immediate effect. Two doctors have been promoted to fill up the existing vacancies at the hospital and 14 doctors have been transferred to other stations.

The hospital has 31 posts of doctors. There are seven vacancies and if 14 doctors are shifted, the hospital will be left with 10 medicos.

Around 800 to 1,000 patients visit this 149-bed hospital everyday. “If the doctors are relieved, the patients, who are dependent on this hospital, will suffer,” said Nagarika Kalyan Samiti convenor Mahendra Mishra.

“We want immediate cancellation of the transfer order. If the transfer order is carried out, health services in the district will be paralysed. The doctors should be relieved only after the joining of their replacements,” said Mishra.

“Several posts are already vacant. One can imagine the condition of the health services in the hospital if these doctors are transferred. Instead of transferring them, the government should fill up the vacancies,” said Pushparani Mohapatra, an agitator.

A protester said they would intensify the agitation if the problem were not resolved. There are vacancies of doctors at the Kuchinda and Rairakhol sub-divisional headquarters hospital of the district. They submitted a memorandum addressed to chief minister Naveen Patnaik through the revenue divisional commissioner demanding solution to the problem.

Revenue divisional commissioner, northern division, Alekh Chandra Padhiary said: “They have demanded not to relieve the doctors till their replacements are posted. They have also demanded to fill up the vacant posts at the hospital. I will apprise the government of their demand.”