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Med officers run scared as Khan breathes fire

THE HEALTH Department wants Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to decide the fate of the two medical officers posted at Rampur, the home district of Urban Development Minister Azam Khan.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 01:06 IST

THE HEALTH Department wants Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to decide the fate of the two medical officers posted at Rampur, the home district of Urban Development Minister Azam Khan.

After being threatened of dire consequences by Khan, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Rampur Dr MM Khan and Chief Medical Superintendent of Rampur District Hospital Dr Riyazul Hasan have fled Rampur and have taken shelter in Lucknow. “Azam Khan had told us to leave the district immediately and we were left with no choice”, they said.

In a letter to Principal Secretary (Health) Neeta Chaudhary, both Khan and Hasan have requested for transfer to another district. “We are forced to live under constant terror and mental agony. It is not possible to work under such conditions”, they said.

Since the issue related to a high-profile minister, rather than act, Health Department officials thought it better to refer the matter to the Chief Minister.

“The Health portfolio is with the Chief Minister and his office should take decision on the issue related with the doctor”, a Health Department official said.

According to sources, the Health Department has also requested the Chief Minister to shift both medical officers to another district. “Both doctors are not ready to return to Rampur and we have to get them transferred to another district on humanitarian grounds,” the officials said.

Khan and Hasan are not ready to talk on the issue. “We have already informed Principal Secretary Medical Health and other senior officers about our plight and let them take decision on the matter”, they said.

Interestingly, both have not informed the Provincial Medical Health Services Association (PMHSA) about their harassment. PMHSA president DP Mishra said the association had taken the issue seriously. “We will take action only after both Khan and Hasan inform us about the incident”, Mishra said.