By Ashrafuddin Pirzada
LANDIKOTAL: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mehmood Khan on Tuesday paid surprise visits to the district headquarters and civil hospitals in Landikotal in Jamrud tehsils of district Khyber and suspended a health official due to his negligence and poor performance.
The Chief Minister first arrived early in the morning to the Jamrud tehsil civil hospital where he met with health staff and heard patients and general public complaints.
Memood Khan assured patients that he would addressed their problems on the priority basis.
The CM was also accompanied by civil and health officials during his a day long visit.
The KPK Chief Minister also talked with local media persons who pointed out all the issues being faced by the local people and patients visit the hospitals.
Mehmood Khan was informed about the deteriorated situation of district Headquarters and civil hospitals in Landikotal and Jamrud subdivisions in Khyber District.
The CM Mehmood was informed that millions of rupees worth equipments have been installed in the hospital but due to lack of technical and trained staff it could not start benefiting patients.
CM showed great concern over the poor performance of the health staff and negligence of the head of tribal health official. He was told that the none functional equipments purchased years before but yet not started work.He on the spot directed the health staff that he wants all the equipments functional in the hospital as soon as pissible.
Residents requested the CM to take notice against the doctors who were compelling patients for conducting their surgeries in their private clinics and hospitals situated nearby the HQ hospital in Landikotal.
Patients and the local people also complained against the Medical Superintendent (MS) of the hospital that he was not taking interest to address their genuine problems.
Meanwhile, assistant commissioner of Landikotal Muhammad Imran tried to avoid to stop people to express their sufferings to the CM.
Mehmood Khan said “I haven’t come to meet the officials, I have come to meet with patients and the public as I am their representative and to address their issues.”
The people gathered around the Chief Minister also demanded of the CM that the office of the district surgeon should be shifted from Jamrud to district headquarters hospital in Landikotal.
Mehmood Khan on the spot directed health department to appoint a gynecologist in the hospital in a week.
He urged the residents that they should also play their role in bringing better public service provision.He added that everyone should call and inform CM via his office phone number about the health staff who not performing their duties in the right way in the hospital.
The residents of the area praised the CM for his surprise visit to Landikotal hospital.
Earlier, CM Mehmood Khan visited the Jamrud hospital where he inquired about the facilities and availability of medicines. CM issued the suspension order of the director health tribal areas over his unsatisfactory performance.
It may be added here that the KP chief minister for the first time in history paid surprise visits to Jamrud and Landikotal hospital and met patients to hear their issues and resolve them as early he can.