The transfer of city Corporation Health Officer D. Sreekumar to Thalassery municipality could not have come at a more inopportune time, say concerned councillors. Health standing committee chairperson S. Pushpalatha says he has served eight years here and is well informed about all key issues — including waste management and curbing the outbreak of infectious diseases — plaguing the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation. To uproot such an officer was going to impact the health care wing that had a crucial role to play with the monsoon setting in, she says.

“The Minister seems to be under the impression that the doctor has been here for 15 years. This order has to be revoked,” she says. The recent initiative by the Corporation to conduct ward-level conventions in a bid to aggressively promote source-based waste management systems was a brainchild of Dr. Sreekumar, she says.

The Kerala Municipality and Corporation Staff Union (KMCSU) says the move is completely unwarranted. “Transferring an individual with his experience and calibre to a municipality that did not even have a health-officer post for so long is senseless,,” said A. Nujum, KMCSU general secretary.

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