LARKANA:Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Sindh, has strongly condemned stopping monthly salaries and relieving of five Larkana doctors.

The doctors have been relieved from their duties by the incharge District Health Officer (DHO) on the “strict instructions” of deputy commissioner Larkana. In a statement shared in WhatsApp group, Dr Usman Mako said that as per Supreme Court directions, monthly salaries could not even be stopped of suspended government employees then how the DHO had taken this unlawful action.

He warned the relevant authorities that such actions would only create unrest among the doctors community, especially during the ongoing polio campaign which should be avoided as it would very badly affect the anti-polio drive. He urged the Director Health Services Larkana and Director General, Health Services, Sindh, Hyderabad, to intervene and resolve the issue amicably and refrain from defaming the provincial government.

Meanwhile, on 19th August, the Incharge DHO Larkana, Dr Syed Athar Hussain Shah, through a letter, relieved five doctors from the government duty as reported by PEO Polio Eradication Officer, WHO, that they were not working properly. These doctors include Dr Ashok Kumar from Taluka Hospital, Bakrani @ Areeja, Dr Sheeraz Ahmed Sangi from Rural Health Centre, Badah, Dr Abu Bakar Shaikh from Ratodero, Dr Mukesh Kumar from Basic Health Unit, Sehar and Dr Mukhtiar Hussain Channa from Rural Health Centre Badah.

They have been directed to report to the Director, Health Services, Larkana Division, for relieving to DGHSS Hyderabad and Health Secretary, Karachi for further posting. Copies of this letter have been sent to all concerned including District Accounts Officer, Larkana, with the request to stop their monthly salaries from the date of relieving.