STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: After picture of an attendant carrying a child with
IV drip in his lap sitting outside District Hospital Kathua, went viral on
social media platforms, Chief Medical Officer, Health and Family Welfare,
Kathua Dr Ashok K Chaudhary on late Sunday evening ordered an inquiry to
ascertain the facts in the case.
As per the order issued by the CMO, Kathua, the salary of the
Medical Superintendent has also been ordered to remain withheld pending inquiry
in the case.
Earlier, in the day soon after the picture went viral,
working of the Health Department in district Kathua came under the scanner. It
was not known immediately whether the attendant was sitting there on his own or
waiting there after being denied treatment by the hospital authorities.
No senior hospital authority was willing to comment on the
background of the picture, which went viral. Till the time of filing the report
it could not be ascertained whether the patient was able to receive treatment
Even the exact date of admission or discharge was not known
immediately. As social media platforms reacted strongly on the picture,
district administration responded to the situation to check rumour mongering.
Moving swiftly in the matter, CMO Kathua issued a hand
written order on account of Sunday being holiday in which he stated, ”
Picture which has gone viral has caused a question mark on the working of the
Medical Superintendent, DH Kathua. The salary of Medical Superintendent is
therefore, kept with held pending a detailed inquiry in the matter”.
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