Larkana: Another kidnapping heightens doctors` sense of insecurity
LARKANA: While doctors` protest against kidnapping of Dr Azhar Ali Shah and Dr Imtiaz Wagan continues, another doctor went missing along with his driver and car from Piyaro Magsi village on Tuesday.
With the kidnapping of Dr Abdul Rab Sangi, the number of doctors kidnapped in Larkana division has risen to three. The Executive District Officer (Health), Larkana, Dr Abdul Fatah Bughio, informed police on Wednesday that Dr Sangi, the in charge of Sajjan Sangi Basic Health Unit, Larkana taluka, went missing along with his driver Wajid Ali Sangi and car late on Tuesday.
He went missing while monitoring and supervising an anti-polio campaign in union council Kothi, the EDO said, calling for recovery of the doctor.
The district health managers of Larkana have kicked off anti-polio drive after detection of two polio case cases in Qambar-Shahdadkot.
They had been administering anti-polio drops under short interval additional dose (SIAD) in 12 union councils bordering Larkana district.
The health secretary, the WHO team leader in Sukkur, and the Director General of Health, Sindh, were informed about the kidnapping, Dr Bughio said.
The kidnapping of Dr Sangi has generated a wave of insecurity among the staff engaged in anti-polio campaign in the district, said the EDO.
The second round of administering anti-polio drops under the programme is scheduled to start on Nov 28.Ali Gohar Sangi, cousin of the kidnapped doctor, told reporters that they had lost contact with him at 6pm on Tuesday as his cell phone and that of his driver went dead.
“We could not understand the nature of the incident as the kidnappers usually abandon the car and escape,” he said. Larkana SSP Mazhar Nawaz Shaikh said it was not clear whether it was a case of kidnapping for ransom or the crime had some other motive because “we don`t have any evidence yet”.