Mouse-bitten babies case: Two CMCH officials suspended, one transferred

March 15, 2016 Off By Web Desk

LARKANA: Sindh Chief Secretary Mohammad Siddique Memon has suspended Senior Medical Officer (BS-20) Dr Muneer Ahmed Jokhio and Ward Incharge Dr Manzoor Soomro (BS-19) of Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) Larkana for their negligence in which two newly born babies were bitten by a mouse at the hospital’s Paeds Medicine Department.

Additional Medical Superintendent (AMS) Dr Akhtar Dayo, Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Sattar Shaikh and Supervisor Mukhtiar Shah have also been transferred by Health Secretary. They have been directed to report to Health Department immediately. All of them have been relieved from CMCH on Wednesday. Dr Katpar told PPI that Dr Inayatullah Kandhro (BS-19) officer has been posted as AMS vice Akhtar Dayo at Paeds Medicine Department.

The Health Secretary Sindh Dr Saeed Mangnejo told reporters that action was taken in the wake of inquiry committee findings conducted by Additional Health Secretary (Technical) Dr Aslam Pechuho and Director General Health Miran Mohammad Shah. He said that Sindh Chief Minister also took serious notice of the incident.

On Wednesday, all these doctors including present MS Dr. Khalil Ahmed Katpar appeared before the District & Sessions Judge, Larkana, except former MS Dr. Muneer Jokhio, who even failed to submit reply to the notice issued to him by the court. Dr. Jokhio has already been transferred and directed to report to Health Department. The court ordered all these doctors to appear again on March 21 and also issued notices to all the staff from security guard to duty doctor posted during that night when the incident of two rat bites cases occurred in the concerned neonatology ward to appear before the court for recording their statements.

Meanwhile, the new Hospital administration has intensified cleanliness drive in the entire five blocks of the hospital but they are facing acute shortage of sanitation staff and ban imposed on fresh recruitment has added to their problems.