Protest in front of DC, 2 officials suspended


Kupwara:  Two Pharmacists at Sub-District Hospital were placed under immediate suspension after they raised slogans and protested against the visit of Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Rajeev Ranjan.

Chief Medical Officer Kupwara, Dr Munir Khawaja told CNS that Deputy Commissioner Kupwara had a surprise visit at SDH Kupwara after he received a number of complaints with regard to the poor attendance of assigned Medical Staff and lack in patient care.

“During the visit a group of employees of SDH Kupwara headed by Ashiq Hussain and Amierdin both pharmacists raised slogans and protested against the visit of Deputy Commissioner. This act was viewed by the worth DC seriously as the protest stood against the protocol of the administration. In due consequences, as per the directions of Deputy Commissioner these two officials were placed under immediate suspension,” Dr Khawaja said.

The written circular with regard to surprise visit of DC Kupwara issued by the Chief Medical Officer reads that during the visit of DC, the Block Medical Officer was not seen present and it was observed that the officer has failed to provide healthcare facilities and other requisites like face-lifting, white washing of walls and hygienic conditions of the hospital despite having adequate funds available for the same.

“The BMO Concerned Dr Masrat is hereby directed to explain with regard to loopholes found by the Deputy Commissioner Kupwara at the hospital with respect to healthcare and other management facilities,” the formal order reads.

Confirming the incident, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Rajeev Ranjan told CNS that both the pharmacists were suspended under rules. “Hospital is a place where ailing people visit and instead of making it a playground, the employees must treat it as a hospital and remain present there in the interest of the patients,” he said. 

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