Pakistan Medical Association concerned over famine like situation in Thar

Hyderabad, March 07, 2014 (PPI-OT): In an Emergent Cabinet meeting, held at PMA House, Hydrabad, PMA Sindh has shown a grave concern over the Famine like Situation in Thar, and deaths of 32 children due to severe malnutrition, resulting in Pneumonia and other ailments.

PMA Sindh also condemns the statement of CM and MPA from Thar, who had put all the responsibility of “mismanagement” on doctors, instead of shouldering it himself and by his Government. Suspending the officers will not solve the problems, Appointing honest, qualified officers on MERIT, will solve it The Govt. of Sindh and the respected CM and MPA should remember that it was reported in 2011 that 70% of Sindh population is under-nourished, and 17.5% is severely mal-nourished.

If the Govt of Sindh had taken notice of these issues, in 2011, this would not have occurred. The poverty and Malnutrition is not due to doctors. There is corruption and mis-management in Govt. of Sindh and the Dept of Health. The Stores of Hospitals are vacant; the funds to buy medicines and equipment finish even before the posting of a new officer.

There are postings and Transfers every 48 hours. Most of the postings and Transfers are on “Sifarish” from CM house, an MPA or MNA, OR Money plays a great role. The previous Chief Secretary issued a letter last year, not to move officers before one year, but orders gone with the wind.

The Directorate General of Sindh is Powerless; all powers are with the Special secretary, who is a DMG officer, and No-where to be seen.

BPS 19 officers are posted at BPS 20 posts, despite of Court orders.

PMA Sindh demands from Balawal Bhutto and The CM Sindh :-

To remove CSS/DMG officers immediately from the dept of Health, they do not know anything about health, and are only interested in postings and Transfers.

The posts of Health department, should only be filled with Doctors of General Cadre, Should be on Merit, after fulfilling requirements.

There should be an Admin. Cadre in Health, in which doctors of General Cadre could be trained for future admin posts.

All DHOs and MS of Hospitals should be from General Cadre, on Merit, and should preferably have diploma in Public health or equivalent.

Four Tier and Three Tier system should be implemented more frequently and at Short intervals. Doctors spending 19 years in the same grade, retire in the same, the health dept remains un-moved.

To create 5000 new posts of BS 17 for male and female doctors for employment as well as facilitation of general public. 550 will not suffice. These posts should be filled by Sindh Public Service Commission.

Specialist doctors must be posted at all districts and taluqa hospitals with operation theatre facility.

The recent bill in Sindh assembly of regularizing doctors of Adhoc basis before 1990, should be cancelled, as this is going to disrupt all the genuine seniority list.

For more information, Contact:
Dr. Samrina Hashmi
Pakistan Medical Association
PMA, Sindh
PMA House- 85 Saddar Bazar
Hyderabad, Sindh
Cell No: 0333-2347623
Telephone: 022-2785143


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