RATODERO - The issue of depriving the Sindh government employees of foreign trainings came to light when provincial health department sent a circular letter to the heads of different health institutions of province so late that no time was left to nominate any person or apply for the opportunity.

The circular, signed by Section Officer (ME) was sent to Medical Superintendents, Director General Health Sindh, Principals of Medical Colleges, Registrars of Medical Universities informing them that a training course on ‘Environmental Toxicology & Occupational Environmental Medicine’ is being held in Thailand in April 2013 for which they should nominate suitable willing officers below 50 years of age.

The letter dated August 28 was signed by the section officer on August 30 (as per his own signature) and received in Chandka Hospital, Larkana on September 4, for which deadline was September 6, as per the Office Memorandum of the Economic Affairs Division, Government of Pakistan.

“This means that the letter was deliberately issued late so that nominees of Sindh are deprived of the foreign trainings,” some senior doctors alleged here.

Objectives of the training course included providing basic scientific knowledge of the principles and concepts of environmental & occupational medicine. The senior doctors of Chandka Medical College and Hospital have demanded the government to ensure proper and transparent method of dispatching such letters, so that they could also avail such facilities for which the donor countries are bearing all costs.