THE Health Ministry will discipline staff members who continuously arrive to work late and take excessive leave.
A ministry statement said the close monitoring of staff members' attendance was part of efforts by the ministry to improve and strengthen its output around the country.
It will also ensure that efficient customer services are provided to the public.
Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said the monitoring process had begun.
Dr Sharma said if there were genuine reasons for excessive leave or lack of attendance, they had to be presented to the ministry.
"We have started with our headquarters staff, some of whom are under scrutiny for late arrivals and absenteeism," he said.
"It has been noted that a lot of people are unavailable on certain days, especially Mondays and Fridays and as a consequence we have taken a survey and results show that some sections are working very well.
"However, in some sections members are taking turns and not being present.
"On the other hand, a number of people are taking regular leave, some paid and some unpaid.
"We have demanded for reasons with the view that definite action should be taken.
"If people are unfit, then they should be sent for full medical. If they are playing games, they should be cautioned."
Dr Sharma said the process would be carried out at the ministry's divisional offices.
"This exercise has now been extended to the divisions because we want medical staff to be present on time regularly and that there should be adequate cover during lunch and tea breaks.
"Split lunches should be taken. We should be efficient in providing services to the public. We have found out people coming eight to nine hours late in a week. They will be reprimanded.
"The team at the Ministry of Health is working to take individual action on these staff," said Dr Sharma.