PESHAWAR - The PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has terminated a total of 91 health department’s employees including 56 doctors from their services for constantly remaining absent from their duties.

It has been time and again reported that a number of doctors and other staff of health department has been missing for long hours, and no action was being taken against them.

The provincial government while initiating action against the staffers absent from their duties for a long time, formally terminated as many as 56 Medical Officers, 18 Medical Technicians and 17 Leady Health Workers (LHVs) of various health service delivery outlets of the province. Moreover, a disciplinary action has been initiated against 568 others.

The absenteeism was reported by the Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU) set up in the department to regularly monitor the attendance of staff and availability of all other medical facilitates in public sector hospitals of the province with the aim to ensure better and round the clock health service delivery to the masses.

To review the overall performance of the IMU, a meeting was held with Provincial Senior Minister for Health Shahram Tarakai in the chair. Besides, Secretary Health Dr. Yousuf Jamal, DG Health Services, Dr. Pervez Kamal, Project Director IMU, other concerned officials and representatives of DFID attended the meeting. 

The participants of the meeting were given a detailed briefing about the last six months performance of the IMU. They were informed that on the report of IMU, notices have been served to 110 officials.

The meeting was told that owing to the rigorous monitoring and reporting of IMU teams almost all the vacancies of Medical Technicians and LHVs in primary healthcare facilities had been filled up while there had been a remarkable reduction in absenteeism of staff. 

They were informed that IMU was going to introduce android based mobile tracking system for the effective monitoring of the field staff of EPI and about 2000 smart phones would be given to EPI workers very soon so that the routine immunization could be further improved. 

It was further told that so far 14000 visits of various hospitals had been conducted by IMU monitors in all 25 districts of the province which has resulted in significant improvement in the attendance of staff, functionality of medical equipments and overall delivery of health services.