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More doctors under scanner

Ranchi, July 10: The termination of the services of eight doctors posted in Garhwa district and approved “condemnation” of three more for playing truant seems to be just the first round of the state’s disciplining drive. For, more heads will soon start rolling.

Reiterating the administration’s strict stand, health secretary D.K. Tiwari today clarified that hereafter, the state would straightaway dismiss those doctors who remained absent from service for a long time. They would not be given any chance in the form of suspension.

He added that they had identified over 150 doctors had either overstayed their leave period or their holidays were not sanctioned by the competent authorities.

Hinting that these doctors would also face the axe, the health secretary said: “A list of all such doctors is being prepared. We are not going to give them any chance. The doctors ought to be present at their place of posting and perform their duty honestly.”

“This apart, we are also going to request Jharkhand Public Service Commission to appoint 300 more doctors at the earliest. Vacancies of paramedical staff, too, will be filled soon,” Tiwari added.

He was speaking at a meet to discuss the preparations for Health Week, which will kick off tomorrow. Health mission director Aradhana Patnaik was also present.

Yesterday, Governor M.O.H. Farook had ordered termination of services of eight medical officers for remaining absent from service. He also approved “condemnation” of three more doctors and denied them five annual increments.

Speaking about the Health Week, which will be celebrated across the state, Tiwari said they would carry out at least 25,000 vasectomy and tubectomy for free.

Counselling on family planning measures too will be taken care of. Street plays, prabhat pheris and exhibitions will be held to spread awareness.

Tomorrow being the World Population Control Day, the central government has decided to organise Health Week across the country. In Jharkhand, all hospitals and health centres will be observing it.

After the Health Week, vasectomy and tubectomy would be carried out every Tuesday and Friday.

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