PHI running sans teaching staff for last six months

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Oct 2018 09:23:57


Staff Reporter,

The Public Health Institute (PHI) that has been upgraded to State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Maharashtra is running without teaching staff. The institute is expected to impart training to medicos, paramedical staff of whole State to bring the quality in healthcare. This is the only institute throughout the State and it is lacking the required manpower.

Earlier, the institute had a nomenclature as PHI. It is among the few old institutes of Maharashtra.
Recently, it was upgraded to State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Maharashtra (SIHFW) with three other sections were merged into it. The new sections are Health and Family Welfare, Leprosy Training Centre and RCTC Health Services. The Principal of PHI is upgraded to the post of Director.

The expectations from the institute is national-level training and state-level training to be imparted to doctors and paramedical staff. It also runs courses like Diploma in Public Health and Health Education. The Institute is supposed to conduct joint training, workshop and seminar. Apart from imparting training, it is expected that the institute should promote research.

To conduct all these activities, the institute should have full teaching staff including Director, Senior Professor and Assistant Professor at least. Director Dr Swapnil Lale was transferred six months ago. No person was posted in place of Dr F A Meshram as Senior Professor who retired six months ago. Senior Lecturer Dr D J Trivedi was transferred and nobody was brought in his place. As a time-gap arrangement, Deputy Director Dr Sanjay Jaiswal has been given the additional charge of Director. But that would not solve the issue.It may be noted that Maharashtra’s Public Health Department is facing problem of transfers and vacancies.

According to reliable sources, there is discrepancy in Public Health Department. Some are never been transferred and remain at one place for longer time. For instance, Dr Satish Pawar and Dr Archana Patil, working in the Directorate for long, are never transferred outside Mumbai and Pune respectively.

In Nagpur also some staffers were recently transferred unnecessarily without before their respective terms get completed. There is a common picture where staffers from Mumbai or Pune show unwillingness to join any place in Vidarbha. Because of the discrepancy in transfer policy, the SIHFW is facing music. It is evident enough that nobody at higher level has ever thought what would happen to this old institute.