Pune: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has promised in the State Assembly to appoint a full-time chief medical officer (CMO) for the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in the next couple of weeks.
He was replying to a question on the vacant post of the CMO, raised by Shivajinagar MLA Vijay Kale on Tuesday. Fadnavis promised to fill up all vacant posts in the PMC Health Department as soon as possible.
Sakal Times had raised the issue about most of the senior officers’ posts, including the post of CMO being vacant for a long time in its edition dated July 7.
Out of a total of nine posts of top medical officers, seven are vacant and the entire administration of the department is lying on the shoulders of two assistant medical officers.
The situation became grimmer when the head of the department, Dr ST Pardeshi, retired on May 31 this year. Since then, the post of the CMO is lying vacant.
The post of the Head of the Health Department is important, as the officer is responsible for taking all major administrative decisions, and if needed, chalk out a plan for controlling communicable diseases in the case of any outbreak.
The PMC has a total of nine posts of senior medical officers including CMO, and three deputy medical officers. But at present, all top four posts are vacant and out of five assistant medical officer posts, three