Srinagar, Oct 30, KNT: A battery of doctors has supported incumbent Director Health Services Kashmir Dr Samir Mattoo describing him as ‘upright and dedicated’ professional.
Pertinently, Dr Samir Mattoo has been accused of sexual harassment by a female Consultant while government has already ordered probe into the allegations.
Jammu Kashmir Doctors Coordination Committee (JKDCC) has issued a press statement to news agency KNT supporting Dr Samir Mattoo. The doctors who have come in support of the Director Health include Dr Yousuf Tak, Dr Suhail Nayek, Dr Owais H Dar, Dr Masood Rashid, Dr Balvinder Singh, Dr Arshad Trag, Dr Tabasum Rafiq, Dr Imtiyaz Banday and Dr Mir Mushtaq.
The press statement reads: “Jammu Kashmir Doctors Coordination Committee (JKDCC) in a press communiqué said that fully supported the Director Health Services Dr Samir Mat too who has lately been leveled with charges of serious nature by a female doctor working under Directorate Health Services, Kashmir.”
“Incumbent Director health services, Dr Samir Mattoo is an upright officer under whose command Directorate of health services has handled COVID crisis in a nice and effective manner”, said Convener JKDCC, Dr Yousuf Tak.
President Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Dr Suhail Naik said, “such mishaps and allegations are leveled when the system is bypassed and junior doctors are given plum posting”
“During the current Covid-19 Pandemic, incumbent director kept his residential house at the disposal of his staff to help them deliver their duties in a more comfortable manner”, said Dr Owais H Dar, General Secretary, DAK.
“Dr Mattoo during his last term as director health services, Kashmir and thereafter as director health services Jammu did an exemplary service in a staff friendly manner”, said Dr Masood Rashid, Spokesperson Society of Consultant Doctors (SCD).
Dr Balvinder Singh, President, Doctors Association Jammu added, ” Dr Matoo has always been supportive and available at the time of need” .
“During the present COVID-19 pandemic he assured separate COVID and non COVID facilities in best possible way. Many times he has given personal touch in addition to his professional duties by visiting doctors and staff in isolation wards who became victim of Covid19 to boost their morale”, said, Dr Arshad Trag, Joint Secretary DAK.
“During this whole time as Director we have never come across any complaint on his moral integrity”, said Dr Tabasum Rafiq of Society Of Dental Surgeons JK(SDSJK).
“Present crisis wherein allegation of moral misconduct has surfaced needs to be seen in this backdrop. Now as a probe is underway we urge authorities to come with a report of fair and impartial enquiry in time so that an end is put to this ugly incident and truth is allowed to prevail”, said Dr Arifa Amin of Jammu Kashmir Society for Consultant Doctors (JKSCD).
“As such events derail smooth functioning of a vital department which can put public in distress at large” added Dr Imtiyaz Banday, President SDSJK.
While concluding, Spokesperson JKDCC, Dr Mir Mushtaq said that “members expressed apprehensions that if this trend is allowed to continue no male officer will ever like to hold any administrative post and that will be hugely detrimental”. (KNT)