BOONI: The health department has transferred the only lady doctor of gynaecology and obstetrics department at Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Booni.
Residents of Booni complained that Dr Zarina Azam, a resident of Lon village, had been working at the hospital for over year. However, she was transferred to the DHQ hospital Chitral a few days ago, leaving the gynaecology ward of the only government hospital in Booni without any doctor.
The THQ hospital caters not only the Booni town but also all parts of upper Chitral.
The transfer of the only lady doctor from the hospital has left women patients of the whole upper Chitral in the lurch as they cannot afford treatment in private medical centres.
Talking to ChitralToday, social activist of Booni, Shujauddin Lal, said the DHQ hospital already had female doctors and shifting of the only doctor from the gynae department of the THQ hospital Booni was an injustice with the people of whole upper Chitral.
Transfer and posting of doctors and other officials is the legal right of the department and a routine matter but removal of a doctor from a government hospital located in a remote and backward area without making any replacement is an injustice with the patients.
He said with the transfer of the only female doctor, the gynae department of the THQ hospital was virtually shut on women patients coming from far-off areas. He said the PTI government should take notice of the matter and post a female doctor to the gynae ward of the hospital without any further delay.
He also appealed to the secretary health, district health officer and other authorities concerned to post a female doctor to the THQ hospital on a priority basis otherwise the people of Booni would be forced to launch a protest move against the arbitrary removal of the lady doctor from the hospital without ensuring a replacement.