LARKANA: The notorious Own Pay Scale (OPS) System is still being openly patronized by the recently posted Health Department Secretary, Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, without fear of violating Supreme Court orders as he has allowed five junior doctors of BS-19 to look after the charge of BS-20 posts of District Health Officers (DHOs) in five districts of the province.
These districts include Dadu, Tando Allahyar, Benazirabad (Nawabshah), Kambar-Shahdadkot and Matiari. The officers include Dr. Javed Ahmed Dawach, working as AMS, Taluka Hospital Khairpur Nathan Shah has been posted to look after the charge of DHO, Dadu, Dr. Mohammad Waseem Shaikh, Senior Medical Officer (awaiting posting) in Tando Allahyar has been posted to look after the charge of DHO there, Dr. Bahadur Khan Khero, working as Assistant District Health Officer (ADHO), at Nawabshah has been posted to look after the charge of DHO Nawabshah, Dr. Mahboob Shah, working as ADHO Kambar-Shahdadkot has been posted to look after the charge of the same district and Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Shaikh, SMO (awaiting posting) has been posted to look after the charge of DHO Matiari.
The notification signed by Section Officer-I, Ali Gul Sanjrani, bearing No: SOI (H)-64/2010, dated: February 02, 2015 further said that those doctors would perform their present duties as DHO in addition to their own duties, till full-fledged DHOs are available. One fails to understand that how a Senior Medical Officer will discharge his own duties apart from managing the affairs of the concerned district because SMOs are posted in the Wards. Senior doctors than these posted doctors of BS-19 and are not enjoying any political backing are anxiously waiting for their promotions since last over six months from BS-19 to 20 and according to them their file has been retained by the Health Secretary to accommodate those junior incompetent doctors who are enjoying better relations in the political arena. Over 32 posts of BS-20 are lying vacant since very long but the meeting of Selection Board-1 is being delayed to accommodate favorites.
The Hospitals are facing acute shortage of drugs/medicines and other allied items since July 2014 after the formation of Central Procurement Committee as approximately 50% of the ordered medicines have reached at the relevant stores but nobody has so far taken the pains to look into this grave injustice and get it resolved but postings of near & dear ones are made frequently, violating standing orders which has virtually destroyed the very basic concept of good governance in the province of Sindh. Will the concerned authorities look into the issues forthwith, people & senior doctors have demanded. PPI
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