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Holiday fever grips health staff

india Updated: Aug 15, 2006 18:24 IST

15 found absent during inspection by CMO

'HOLIDAY FEVER' seems to have gripped the health department staff these days. As many as 15 doctors and paramedics were found absent at three rural health centres during the surprise inspection by the chief medical officer, on Monday.

While many of the doctors and paramedics have taken leave of August 14 and proceeded on a five-day outing from August 12 (second Saturday), the others preferred to stay away from work on Monday, ahead of two-day holidays of Independence Day and Krishna Janmashtami.

But whatever the reason, the CMO has decided to stop their salary and initiate departmental action against them.

CMO Dr Shantimal Singhavi conducted the surprise inspection of Kaudihar PHC, Dahiyawan New PHC and Holagarh PHC on Monday morning. About 11 staff including one doctor were found absent at the Kaudihar CHC. Whereas, a medical officer was found absent at the Dahiyawan New PHC. Three paramedical staff were also found absent at the Holagarh PHC.

"The salaries of all the 15 paramedic staff and doctors will be stopped and departmental action will be initiated against them.

Their salaries will be released only after the counter report of gram pradhan that they regularly attended the health centre," he said.

Dr Singhavi said holidays do not mean that one becomes casual towards his work. "Moreover, most of the staff and doctors were on leave without giving any official information," he added.

Meanwhile, district health department is all prepared to celebrate the Independence Day with the message of cleanliness and good health. A cleanliness and health check up camp will be organised for slum children in Kareli.

The residents will also be distributed free medicines and other material at the camp. A cleanliness drive will also be launched by the department, said CMO Dr Shantimal Singhavi.

Dr Singhavi said health camps will also be organised at Kaudihar PHC and Shankargarh CHC on August 15.

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