Poor patients get free health care from community clinics at Sapahar
SAPAHAR, NAOGAON, Sept 11: Poor patients of Sapahar Upazila are getting free health care facilities from local community clinics.
The Community Health Care Providers (CHCPs) are providing free medicines and services to the villagers. But, they are frustrated as they are not getting various job facilities meant for them. With the advice of lawmaker of Naogaon-1 constituency Sadhan Chandra Majumder, Upazila Chairman Alhaz Shamsul Alam Shah Chowdhury has arranged seats for incoming patients and their attendants at 17 clinics in the upazila.
Sources said the government appoints one CHCP and supplies 28 types of medicines to each clinic. The CHCPs consult patients in six days of a week from 9am till 3pm.
Earlier, patients had to go to the Upazila Health Complex spending Taka 40/50 as transport fare. Besides, they had to spend Taka 100/200 for buying medicines prescribed by the village doctors. But, now they are getting medicines free of cost from the clinics. The clinic operators said the medicines which are supplied for two months finish within three weeks.
While visiting Bakhorpur Community Clinic recently, it was found that electric connection was being installed while the tube-well was found out of order due to lack of repair. Amid this lack of facilities, the CHCP Md Rajib Hossen was treating patients with much enthusiasm.
He said about 40 to 50 patients are given treatment here daily. A total of 24 types of medicines are supplied to the clinic. But, the medicines for children are less than required.
A patient Firoza Begum of Koikuri Village, coming to the clinic, said, "Earlier we had to spend Taka 40 to 50 for going to Upazila Health Complex but now we are getting all facilities from the clinics near our houses." Local Union Parishad Member Abdul Malek said local poor people are getting health care services from the clinics at their doorsteps. It is a praiseworthy initiative of the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. While visiting Madanshing Community Clinic, this correspondent found the CHCP Md Rasel Babu consulting patients with much sincerity. He, however, said they are frustrated as they are not getting all the job facilities.
Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Dr Md Ruhul Amin said from 17 community clinics, a total of 1,58,578 patients took treatment in 2015, 1,58,268 in 2016, 1,03,178 in 2017 and 60,458 since January to August of 2018. He also said the number of patients increased this year than last year. Meanwhile, the CHCPs urged the government to provide all their job facilities.