After a three-month delay in recommending names for the key post of Medical Officer of Health (MoH) in the municipal corporation, the Punjab government sent a group of four doctors to the UT administration on Wednesday.
The four names recommended by Punjab include Dr. Ranjit Singh Rai, who is currently in Mansa; Dr Vishal Garg, assigned to the Punjab Health System Corporation, Mohali; Dr Vinay Mohan, delegate to the Punjab Aids Control Society, Chandigarh; and Dr. Inderdeep Kaur, working with the Office of the Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab.
Now, the local government secretary, UT, will conduct interviews with these Punjab medical executives, before appointing the next health minister.
On Wednesday, the Hindustan Times reported on the Punjab government’s delay in sending the names of the officers even three months after the UT administration repatriated former health minister Dr Amrit Pal Singh Warring from November 2021 following Chandigarh’s poor show at Swachh Survekshan 2021.
Although traditionally the Ministry of Health is from Punjab, the panel request was also sent to Haryana and UT by the MC.
Essential to the functioning of the civic body, the Department of Health leads several functional areas, including sanitation, solid waste management, stray dog management, livestock pounds, and the prevention and management of diseases such as dengue. Slaughterhouses also fall under the jurisdiction of the officer.
In the absence of the officer, MC’s work, especially his attempt to regain lost prestige in the Swachh Survekshan, is hampered.