Despite strict warnings about punitive action, including suspension, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has started receiving complaints about alleged negligence of duty by civic staff. Now, the civic body has appealed to local residents to alert the health department about such cases, so that action can be taken against them.
The PMC has started sending two-member teams to undertake door-to-door surveys in the city’s worst-hit areas. “There have been some inputs from three to four places that some PMC survey teams were not doing their work sincerely. This is a very serious issue and we will suspend them for negligence of duty,” said Assistant Municipal Commissioner Vaishali Jadhav.
Some complainants have alleged that the survey teams leave a bunch of forms with security personnel of housing societies, and ask them to distribute them among residents, with a message to fill the forms so that it can be collected the next day. In some places, the survey team has also been accused of not covering an entire building and skipping some flats.
Jadhav urged local residents to contact the civic health department in the main building and inform them about such instances. “The staff on duty has been clearly warned. If they are not doing the survey properly, then they will be suspended,” she said.
“The main objective of the survey is to locate patients by visiting every house instead of waiting for the patients to report to hospital, ” added Jadhav.
The PMC teams, comprising 1,152 staff, have to cover a population of 45 lakh spread across 330 sq km.
It has also been observed that some infected patients were hiding their symptoms and reporting the infection only after the symptoms get severe, said civic officials.
By April 10, the survey team had visited 36,558 houses and covered a 1,17,813 people. Forty suspected patients were referred for tests on the basis of their symptoms.
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