Pune Municipal Corporation health department head-less with city neck deep in dengue
When contacted, additional municipal commissioner Prerana Deshbhratar informed that an advertisement for all vacant class I positions of doctors was released by PMC over a month ago.pune Updated: Sep 20, 2017 00:25 IST
At a time when cases of swine flu and dengue are on the rise in the city, the position of the chief of the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) health department is still lying vacant.
According to PMC officials, ST Pardeshi held the position till May this year and it has been vacant now for the past three months. Due to this, sources at the PMC claimed that processes such as floating of tenders and purchasing of medicines could get delayed.
Apart from the chief of department, several other positions of specialist doctors are also yet to be filled by the PMC.
When contacted, additional municipal commissioner Prerana Deshbhratar informed that an advertisement for all vacant class I positions of doctors was released by PMC over a month ago.
She assured that all positions of doctors, including that of the head of PMC’s health department, would be filled by the end of this month.
Officials from the PMC, on condition of anonymity, said, “Presently, PMC is looking at filling positions of specialist doctors which includes cardiologists, gynaecologists and dentists, among others. The date of filling these positions has been slightly extended so that many can apply for these positions.”
So far, Pune has registered a total of 1,866 suspected dengue cases this year, while chikungunya cases registered so far have been 336. In September alone, so far, PMC has registered 680 suspected dengue cases. In August, 786 cases of suspected dengue were registered in Pune. ccording to PMC, out of these there are 457 confirmed dengue cases in the city this year.