Female Multipurpose Health Workers (FMPHW) Saturday staged a massive protest against a doctor for his obscene remarks in Zachildara block of Handwara. Scores of FMPHW from Community Health Centres including Badarkal, Khaipora, Kumbora and Bakhhekar assembled in front of Primary Health Centre Wadipora and staged a protest. Protestors alleged that one Doctor Gulzar Ahmed Parra is habitual of passing obscene remarks and every now and then the said doctor harasses them on the pretext of one or the other thing.
“We are not feeling secure in his presence. Even we are refusing to attend night duties now as his conduct is not up to the mark,” one of the workers told CNS adding that he frequently uses abusive remarks.
The workers alleged that the said doctor physically assaulted one of their workers a few days back. “Dr Gulzar is in league with some ‘goons’ who frequently visit different community centres and in their presence the said doctor often hurl abuses on FMPHW’s. “When we warned them that we would approach Director Health Kashmir, he threatened us of dire consequences,” they said.
When contacted Dr Gulzar said termed all these allegations as baseless and said that people are the best judge and ‘you can ascertain the facts from the people living in the area,” he said adding that these workers are meant fro performing multipurpose jobs. “I scold them only when they refuse to perform any job,” he said.
Director Health, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman told CNS that he has directed Chief Medical Officer to look into the matter. “My CMO is stationed there ascertaining the facts and it is only after proper verification that we could initiate any action,” he said.
Meanwhile Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Itrat Rafiqui took a serious not of the allegations suspended both Block Medical Officer Dr Idrees and Doctor Gulzar. “I have ordered for their immediate suspension. BMO did not act against the doctor in time and hence he was liable for the punishment along with the doctor,” he said.