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Bhubaneswar/Rourkela: The state government’s decision to suspend the chief district medical officer (CDMO) of Sundargarh Pankaj Patel for negligence in duty and lapses in implementation of “Mo Sarkar” has been criticised by the opposition parties.
On Monday, the BJP along with some organisations in the district staged a six-hour bandh in Sundargarh town. BJP leader and Sundargarh Sadar MLA Kusum Tete, has written to chief minister Naveen Patnaik requesting him to consider withdrawing the suspension order. Congress leaders also criticised the suspension and said visit of officers to the districts is a farce.
Tete in her letter stated that the huge vacancy of doctors and paramedical staffs in hospitals of the district should be filled up immediately. She felt it will pave the way for successful implementation of 5Ts in Sundargarh district.
Forty doctor posts are vacant in the district headquarters hospital, Sundargarh, alone and around 157 doctor posts are vacant in the district. Altogether, 471 posts of doctors and paramedical staff are vacant in the district crippling healthcare services. “The CDMO of Sundargarh, Pankaj Patel, was working diligently and performing his duty against all odds. His suspension is surprising and against the principles of good governance,” Tete wrote to the CM.
Sources said following receipt of complaint during the visit of the three-member team from Bhubaneswar led by 5T secretary V Karthikeyan Pandian on Sunday, the state government had promptly suspended the CDMO and served show cause notice on district collector Nikhil Pavan Kalyan for non-implementation of “Mo Sarkar” initiatives. During their interaction with the officers, patients complained that they are not being served cooked food and were asked to conduct pathology tests in private pathology laboratories.
The six-hour-long (6 a.m to 12 noon) Sundargarh bandh called by BJP was partially effective as all government and private offices, including shops and business establishments, remained shut. However, educational institutions, banks and hospitals have been exempted from the strike while vehicular movement was not much affected.
“We condemn the suspension of the CDMO and show cause notice to collector particularly when the healthcare system in the district is languishing due to shortage of doctors and paramedical forces,” said Bata Kishore Mishra, president of BJP, Sundargarh unit.
“The suspension is only meant to divert public attention from the real problem,” Mishra added.
Criticising the government, Congress MLA Suresh Routray described the whirlwind visits of officers as farce.
“After 20 years, the state government realised that there is need for 5T in the state. Healthcare service is in shambles and every day women are giving birth on the roadside and people are dying without treatment. What was the government doing over the year. Sending officials to hospitals is just a publicity stunt,” said Routray.





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