A raid at the Behta Primary Health Centre (PHC) on Wednesday revealed how doctors posted in rural areas played truant.
R Chaturvedi, one of the doctors, had filled up the Out Patient Department (OPD) register for the day and left the PHC. When enquired, it was revealed that he had gone to a nearby private nursing home for an operation.
This doctor should have been present on duty, when the raid was conducted at around 10.30 am. Interestingly, when one of the members of the raid team called up on the cell phone of Dr Chaturvedi, he replied in a whim that he would come for consultancy the next day, without asking who was actually calling him.
"When the team raided, he should have been present on duty. Not only did he leave the PHC without any information but also falsely filled up OPD register.
The matter has been reported to DG (health) as Dr R Chaturvedi violated service rules,' chief medical officer Dr KK Singh said.
Dr Chaturvedi is MS (Surgery) and was deputed at the Behta PHC as surgeon. On Wednesday, it was his turn to see patients in the OPD during the working hours.
Doctors in CHCs and PHCs have come under the scanner of the department and monitoring of primary health care system in the district has been increased after some irregularities were reported to the department recently. Meanwhile, the health department officials nabbed 15 quacks from Mohanlalganj area on Wednesday.
All these persons have been asked to produce their relevant medical degrees before the CMO within three days or action would be initiated against them.
This took the total number of quacks nabbed in past one week to 25. "When the health department officials nabbed them, these men could not produce a degree.
Now they have been given time to produce a degree or the department would lodge an FIR against them,' Dr Singh said.