Muhammad Rafiq Kamboh
KOT RADHA KISHAN
The only doctor of the Rural Health Centre, where healthcare is denied, has been running a private hospital and a laboratory near the RHC and allegedly become millionaire by fleecing the patients.
The RHC, meant for providing 125,000 people with healthcare, lacks a female doctor, paramedical staff and even medicines. Senior Medical Officer Dr Masood Aziz has established Aziz Hospital a few yards away from the RHC, where he allegedly fleeces the patients.
Though the centre is equipped with an operation theatre, the doctor and the staff force the patients to visit the hospital. Dr Masood, who is also additional deputy district officer (health) of Kot Radha Kishan, has been posted at the centre for 17 years. USG machine at the centre is lying out of order while shortage of medicines is order of the day as he has connived with local pharmaceutical companies and medical representatives. He prescribes these companies’ medicines and receives kickbacks.
A health official on the request of anonymity disclosed that an air conditioner was provided for the RHC ward but it was nowhere in sight. The doctor instead of checking up the patients refers them to the staff for prescription of the local companies’ medicines.
Sources disclosed that the centre is equipped with all the required facilities but he never underwent a surgery thus the patients have to go to his private hospital. Moreover, the centre also has a medical lab but he has set up a lab in front of the centre where he charged heavy fees from the patients.
The sources disclosed that a number of enquiries against Dr Masood were underway in the Health Department but no action has so far been taken against him. The people of the area demanded that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the Punjab secretary health and other authorities concerned should take a stern action against him.
When contacted, the SMO denied the allegations but admitted that he was running a hospital. He said that the government allows doctors to run their own private hospitals or clinics.