Sumbal, 23 June: Pharmacists and Diagnostic center owners of Sumbal area in Bandipora District on Tuesday leveled serious allegations against Block Medical Officer (BMO) Bandipora for harassing them without a reason and misbehaving with them; however, the BMO rebutted the charges and said that whatsoever action he has taken is well within the parameters of the law.
Several Medicos and Diagnostic center holders told CNS that BMO Bandipora, while conducting multiple raids in Sumbal area of the district on Monday illegally entered their shops and labs and harassed them and the patients present there.
They also alleged that during the course he misbehaved with them, using unparliamentarily language and sealed several units, despite the owners possessing proper documents.
They alleged that despite showing registration certificates and other necessary documents he sealed their Labs and medical shops without any reason and justification.
While accusing BMO of misusing his power and position instead of concentrating upon his own block they said that he is unnecessarily interfering in Medical Block Sumbal, which comes under the jurisdiction of BMO Hajin.
“We are not running our operations illegally, as our units are registered with the Health Department and all the accusations against us are not holding any truth”, they said.
“All his accusations of running our units are baseless against us are baseless and are aimed at misleading the higher-ups”, they said.
“He has a record of harassing people and he sealed dozens of medical shops and other establishments in Pattan area when he was posted there, which are operational now. If they were illegal how they are working now”, they alleged.
Meanwhile, BMO Bandipora Dr. Masarat, while rebutting the allegations leveled against him told CNS that whatever actions he has taken against the unitholders in Sumbal area, were on the instructions of Chief Medical Officer Bandipora, who had instructed him to conduct an inspection of the area, as several written complaints of irregularities against the local units, were received by the department from the locals.
“Even BMO Sumbal was also informed to be the part of the inspecting team; but since he was occupied with Covid duty, his Community Health Officer and Medical Officer joined the inspection team to represent the local block”, he said.
“Besides the health authorities, even Crime Branch Kashmir had issued such instructions, in view of complaints the branch had received in this regard”, he said.
He said, “I was not alone when the raids and sealing were conducted, but revenue, as well as police officials were accompanying the team on the request of CMO Bandipora. During the raid, we found that several unitholders were running without proper papers and authorization, while others were found flouting the rules and regulations for running the health units”.
He further said, “During the raid, we found several unit holders violating the Covid related government guidelines, including for social distancing and use of PPEs and masks.”
“I, as a Nodal Officer for Covid-19 am well within my jurisdiction to take action against such violations”, he said.
“Speaking about the sealing of Ultrasound centers he said, “Those centers which have been sealed are either lacking the prescribed infrastructure are were found indulging into the violation of PC&PDNT Act1994”, he added.
Meanwhile, Director Health Services Kashmir Dr Samir Matto assures that he will enquire the matter an urgent basis.