Collector Siddharth Jain has grilled the officials of the Health Department for their alleged failure to ensure prompt attendance of the medical staff for duty at the urban health centre at Mamillagudem in the town.

The Collector conducted a surprise visit to the health centre and inspected the attendance register on Saturday afternoon. On finding the medical officer concerned was absent from duties during the working hours, he enquired about the whereabouts of the doctor with the nurses.

When they told him that the medical officer comes only in the morning session, the Collector called up the District Medical & Health Officer and directed him to pay only half salary to the medical officer concerned of the health centre.

He asked the officials to strictly monitor the attendance of the medical staff and conduct health camps under the urban health centre limits.

Municipal Commissioner Nagaraju and others were present.

District Collector conducts a surprise visit to the health centre