Dr Vinay Mohan has been appointed as the Medical Officer of Health (MoH) for the Municipality of Chandigarh. A notification to that effect arrived on Saturday.
Previously posted to the Punjab Aids Control Society, Dr Mohan was appointed by delegation, initially for one year or until his services are required by MC.
The post had become vacant after the UT administration repatriated former health minister Dr. Amrit Pal Singh Warring in November 2021 following Chandigarh’s poor performance at Swachh Survekshan 2021. Warring was the first officer repatriated to Punjab by UT for poor performance.
Besides Dr. Mohan, Punjab had recommended four names, Dr. Ranjit Singh Rai, who is currently in Mansa; Dr Vishal Garg, assigned to the Punjab Health System Corporation, Mohali; and Dr. Inderdeep Kaur, working with the Office of the Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab.
Traditionally, the MOH comes from Punjab. Critical to the operation of MC, the Department of Health leads a number of important functional areas including sanitation, solid waste management, stray dog management including dog neutering, pounds, as well as prevention and management of diseases such as dengue fever. Slaughterhouses also fall under the jurisdiction of the officer. “The post is also important from a public welfare perspective, as most of its duties have a direct impact on the welfare of residents. The absence of the Ministry of Health was greatly hampering the work of the MC, especially its attempt to regain lost prestige in the Swachh Survekshan,” an MC official said.