MALAITA HEALTH DIRECTOR TARGET OF PETITION

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Indian physician called incompetent

By Eddie Osifelo HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, June 9, 2010) – DIRECTOR of Health in Malaita province, Dr Gupta Ranjiv is reportedly under pressure following moves by local staff to remove him from the province.

A hospital insider told the Solomon Star yesterday Dr Ranjiv has called three heads of divisions in the Ministry of Health to his office to enquire about the proposed petition.

"The news of petition to remove Dr Ranjiv is very hot in Auki at the moment," the insider said.

"Dr Ranjiv is really worried after the news came out on Monday," the source said.

The Solomon Star understands those behind the move are expected to present their written petition to the Malaita provincial government provincial secretary, Harold Leka this week.

This is to allow Mr Leka to forward it to Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr Lesta Ross in Honiara to look at.

Hospital staff accused Dr Ranjiv from India of under-performance since he took up his post last October.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services in Honiara posted him to Kilu'ufi to look after the province's health sector.

The staff claimed Dr Ranjiv, who is a surgeon, has not shown any competency to handle the administration of health services in the province.

"In the surgery, he (Dr Ranjiv) has performed very poorly. We expected him as a surgeon to perform well but he hasn't proven that," a hospital source said.

The source said under Dr Ranjiv's leadership, the Ministry of Health is likely to close some of its area health centres around Malaita Province.

Dr Gupta earlier said he is not a trained administrator.

He said it takes time to fulfill administrative duties.

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