50-bed hospital by name only, not in reality...

Dhaka, Monday   26 October 2020

50-bed hospital by name only, not in reality

 Jamalpur Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:21 PM, 20 September 2020   Updated: 12:22 PM, 20 September 2020

Bakshiganj Upazila Health Complex

Bakshiganj Upazila Health Complex

The activities of the 50-bed Bakshiganj Upazila Health Complex are running somehow due to lack of adequate manpower and necessary equipment. No activities have been launched in the five years since the inauguration. Patients have to go to the district hospital or private clinic with minor problems. Local people have to suffer much due to this.

This Upazila Health Complex is the only place of hope for three lakh people in Bakshiganj. Besides, people from 4-5 UPs of neighboring Sreebardi, Rajibpur and Dewanganj upazilas come here for treatment due to geographical proximity. Every day, about 400-500 patients come here for treatment. But there are only five doctors for them.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone by upgrading the 31-bed hospital to 50 beds on October 13, 2013. The hospital was inaugurated on July 13, 2015, after completion of work. But five years after the inauguration, no 50-bed program has been launched. Necessary manpower and equipment were not provided. Opportunities have not been increased. There is not enough manpower and equipment needed to launch the outdoor service. As soon as, any patient arrives, he/she is transferred from the emergency department to Jamalpur Medical College or Mymensingh Medical College Hospital. Patients who are coming here only get advice.

It has been seen on the spot that the 50-bed hospital has 27 medical officers including specialist doctors. Of these, 21 posts are vacant. There is no doctor for surgery, medicine, anesthesia, pediatrics, nose-ear-throat, gynecology, dermatology and sex, ophthalmology, orthopedics. As a result, patients are being deprived of treatment. There are also vacancies for office assistants, computer operators, pharmacists, lab attendants, cartographers, emergency attendants, word boys, gardeners, office assistants, security guards, and cleaners.

Although there are two ambulances in the hospital, one has been out of order for a long time. The other one is almost on the verge to ruin.

Upazila health officer Pratap Nandi said, "Despite the manpower crisis and other problems, including doctors, we are doing our best to provide services to the patients." These problems have been reported to the higher authorities. Hopefully, this problem will be solved soon.