KARACHI - The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s Medical and Health Department has taken action against ghost employees and sacked 118 doctors and paramedical staff from their services. The Sindh Health Department also removed three doctors and served show-cause notices to other twenty absent doctors.

According to a notification issued by Director Medical and Health Services, KMC the department has taken action against the ghost employees and conducted physical verification and checking of service record of 8,200 employees of Medical and Health service. The notification stated that during the verification process, 455 employees found ghost as the department served them show-cause notices to the absent employees. Despite the notices 118 employees including doctors and paramedical staff did not respond.

The KMC officials said that 18 doctors out of 118 ghost employees were settled abroad since long; several absent employees have fake service records while some of them are doing other jobs in different organisations.

Meanwhile, Sindh Health Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar issued final show-cause notices to 20 doctors. Those who have been served show-cause notices include Rita Kumari, M Rafiq, Ghulam Murtaza, Ayesha, Shireen, M Zafar, Hidayatullah Keerio, Sadiq Ali, Gauhar Fatima, Farhat Jamil, Shehla Yasmin, Rehana Shaishta, Tanzeel Wajeed, Suneel Kumar, Mazharul Haq, Santosh Kumar, Syed Mamnoon Akhtar, Tauqeer Hussain Mughal, Farhat Zulfiqar and Fauzia Narejo. They have been asked to submit their replies within 14 days, and if they failed to comply with the orders, they may be removed from services. The minister also ordered to remove three doctors from service. He warned that no absent staff would be tolerated.

QAIM EXAMINED AT NICVD

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, soon after receiving Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here Monday morning, reached National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), for medical check-up.

The chief minister patient of a heart condition known as “supra-ventricularatic cardia,” while waiting for the Prime Minister at the airport, noticed sudden and unusual surge in his heart beat.

It was therefore decided that instead of accompanying the PM to Port Qasim, as per schedule, he would undergo essential assessment, a CM House official said.

Qaim stayed at the NICVD for around one and a half hour and following required tests left for CM House.

Meanwhile, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Syed Ghani on Monday said that Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah did not attend the Karachi meetings, in which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was participating, due to illness.

Talking to media, he said Qaim Ali Shah had already sought permission from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that he was not feeling well and will not attend the meetings. He added that PM should have appreciated the CM for curbing terrorism under the National Action Plan rather than be thankful to DG Rangers, IG Sindh and chief secretary because the real captain of NAP in Sindh is Qaim. “PPP is part of NAP and we do not want to make it controversial,” he added.