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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Government doctors, health employees feud worsens

R. Vimal Kumar
Stir announced against medical officer

Association alleges harsh behaviour by officer

Agitation, a consequence to issuing memos: officer

TUTICORIN: The year-long ‘proxy war’ going on between government doctors and other employees in the health department, who are affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association, took an ugly turn on Friday.

The TNGEA had put up a gigantic hoarding in front of the Mullakadu Primary Health Centre, saying they were going to stage an agitation on January 28 against medical officer Dr. M. Santanamari’s “atrocities.”

According to M. Terrance, a health inspector at Mullakadu PHC, the medical officer behaved harshly towards the health inspectors and village health nurses posted at the PHC.

“She behaved harshly against the employees during a camp conducted under the Varumun Kappom Thittam of the State government at Kosalaram Higher Secondary School near here recently.”

Denying the charges, Dr. Santanamari told The Hindu that “the agitation is a consequence of myself issuing memos seeking explanation from the staff at PHC for their poor performance with regard to various government schemes.”

The memos were issued recently asking reason from the employees for the low number of delivery cases at the institution and for not properly conducting surveillance test to identify malaria cases.

Besides, another memo was delivered to village health nurses at the PHC, based on a communication from the office of Deputy Director of Health, for not filing weekly reports of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) carried out to trace communicable diseases such as dengue, typhoid, cholera and measles in the area.

It was only some months ago that a few members of Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association filed a complaint with police against Mr. Terrance for allegedly abusing the then medical officer of Mudivaithanenthal Primary Health Centre, E. Pradeep Prem Kumar, at a review meeting conducted at Pudukottai to review the status of chikungunya outbreak.

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