Following the locals’ demand, Shiroda panchayat on Friday wrote to the Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, director of health services and health officer seeking cancellation of the ‘transfer’ of Dr Vijeyeta Naik, while the locals too submitted a memorandum to the health minister and director of health services urging cancellation of the said order within 15 days.
“We want doctor Naik to return to the primary health centre at Shiroda as early as possible or else people will launch another agitation,” said locals of Shiroda on Friday following withdrawal of their protest outside the Shiroda primary health centre.
Over 300 locals had gathered outside the PHC demanding cancellation of the transfer order of in-charge, Dr Vijeyeta Naik, who worked at the PHC for several years.
A heavy police force was deployed at the PHC premises as large number of people had gathered over the demand for retention of the doctor. The locals sought explanation from the health officer over the transfer issue. However, following an assurance from zilla panchayat member, locals withdrew their agitation.
As the health minister and chief minister are out of the state, the villagers have been asked to wait for 15 days, said ZP member Jaydeep Shirodkar.
Following the assurance, the villagers submitted a memorandum to the health minister and director of health services demanding cancellation of the transfer order of the doctor. “If Dr Vijeyeta Naik’s transfer order is not cancelled, locals will launch an agitation for sure,” stated Jaydeep.
Sarpanch Amit Shirodkar, speaking to this daily, said that “people of Shiroda have developed a special bonding with the doctor and, hence, they want the doctor back at the
When contacted, PHC health officer Dr Freed said that Dr Naik has not been transferred, but has been sent on deputation to Cansaulim health centre and an order has been issued by the directorate of health services.