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  • District administration terminated me without proper inquiry says doctor

KUPWARA: Residents of Kalroosa Kupwara protest against the termination of Medical Officer Dr.Bilal accused of denying ambulance to a pragnant lady and termed it as baseless and unacceptable. The protestors while raising slogans in favour of Doctor and against District Administration aasembled at Primaray Health Centre(PHC) Kalroosa Kupwara and demanded revocation of termination order issued by the authorities. Earlier, Dr.Bilal Ahmad medical officer was terminated accused of not providing ambulance to a pregnant woman whose new born died while delivering him in a moving vehicle on Saturday last week in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

While demanding the revocation of the termination order at earliest, the protestors said ” allegations against Dr.Sahab are totally baseless and unacceptable, he had provided ambulance to the patient but her family members refused and took her in their own car.The pragnant lady deliverd her 6 month infant in the moving vehicle on the way to hospital and alleged Dr.Bilal of not providing her ambulance which is totally baseless, District Administration, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara should look into the case and revocate the termination order at the earliest.”

While Talking to Kashmir News Bureau on phone, Dr.Bilal Ahmad said “The allegations against me are fake, the patient came to me as a general case not specially as pregnant lady while after examining the patient I advised and with full details refer her to Kupwara Hospital.The Family members of the patient alleged me of not providing her ambulance which is totally baseless how could I deny providing ambulance to any patient as it is already mentioned in hospital rules that ambulance is available for any patient for 24 hours.”

He further said, “District administration terminated me without proper inquiry it is humiliation and injustice for me, I appeal D.C Kupwara and District administration to properly investigate the matter and revocate the termination order against me.” Despite repeated calls CMO Kupwara didn't receive the call for his comments.

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KUPWARA: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today expressed dismay over termination of NHM doctor, Dr Bilal in Kalaroos Kupwara without any proper enquiry. President DAK, Dr Suhail Naik said that a preliminary enquiry was done in one day by two member team who had neither spoken to the affected patient's family nor to the concerned doctor and they had compiled the report just based on assumptions and hear-says and were forced to sign the enquiry report made only to pacify the public. Cheif Medical Officer (CMO) Kupwara without holding a proper enquiry into the incident has compelled the DDC Kupwara to terminate the said doctor for reasons and enmity best known to him.

A delegation of Doctors Association Kashmir  (DAK) led by Senior leader Dr Mohd Yusuf Tak today met the DDC Kupwara and CMO kupwara to show dismay and displeasure over the termination of the said doctor. DDC Kupwara provided all help and has forwaded the case to the higher authorities for revocation of the termination order. 
Meanwhile the two member committee who had compiled the enquiry report based on assumptions have given in writing that they had not done proper enquiry and had recommended for proper enquiry by the experts and their preliminary report cannot be taken into account for any action against the said doctor.

Dr Arshed Trag, Joint Secretary DAK said that it is illogical and beyond human comprehension that how come a doctor is terminated without thorough probe and without consulting the patient's family or the victimised doctor.  Dr Ajaz, District President DAK for kupwara said that it is the failure of the administration especially the Chief Medical Office kupwara who have recommended the termination of the said doctor to DDC Kupwara without proper enquiry. It is highly shameful and cannot be tolerated. Doctors are already working under high risk due to excessive patient load and conflict nature of the region.

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) requests the Mission Director NHM to look into this matter urgently so that an innocent doctor is not made scapegoat for administrative failure and he must not lose job for no fault of his. Doctors Association Kashmir expresses full sympathy and share the grief with the patient and her family and we recommend a proper enquiry into the incident till that time the said doctor can be attached but not terminated. Justice must be done both with the family as well as with the doctor.

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  • 3rd Anniversary of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital

JAMMU: Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chairman of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, attended the function organised to mark 3rd anniversary of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, (SMVDNSSH), situated at Kakryal. The function was held at the Matrika Auditorium of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University.

Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman and Founder of Narayana Health; Dr. Ashok Bhan, Member of SMVDSB; Maj. Gen. (Retd.) S.K. Sharma,  Chairman of the Governingbody of the SMVD College of Nursing; Sh. Simrandeep Singh, CEO SMVDSB, Ms. Indu Chib, Deputy Commissioner Reasi; Ms. Nisha Nathyal, SSP Reasi; Brigadier (Retd.) M.M. Harjai, CAO, SMVDNSSH and other Members of the Shrine Board were among dignitaries present on the occasion.

Governor complimented the staff of the Hospital for coming up to the expectations of people in providing quality tertiary care to patients at an affordable cost. He observed that the success stories of the Hospital are a reflection of the professional capabilities of the doctors and staff here and pledged full support on behalf of the Shrine Board to the Hospital in providing the best quality healthcare to the patients.

Governor stated that a person associated with the Medical profession is serving mankind in a true sense. For an ailing person and his attendants, a doctor and caring nurse is nothing less than a life saving divine intervention. Expressing concern over occasional unfortunate incidents of confrontation between medical staff and attendants of patients, Governor expressed that secure working conditions should be provided to the medical staff so that they could deliver professional patient care.

Governor congratulated Dr. Tsering Landol; Dr. G.Q. Allaqaband and Dr. C.D. Gupta, who were felicitated, on the occasion, in recognition of their life time contributions in the medical profession. Governor launched new palanquins and jackets for porters designed by IIT Bombay and National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) on behalf of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. Later, Governor also visited the SMVD Narayana Hospital and inspected facilities there. He interacted with the patients and enquired about their wellbeing.

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