Staff shortage hits Bagha Upazila Health Complex
RAJSHAHI, Feb 14: Health care is being hampered due to manpower crisis at Bagha Upazila Health Complex in the district.
Out of 27 physicians, only 10 are currently posted. Out of these 10 doctors, only six are now working at the health complex. There are all kinds of machineries for treatment of patients, but these can't be used for lack of required manpower. As a result, patients go back without getting proper treatment.
Health complex sources said out of 92 third and fourth class employee posts, 62 are posted, while 30 are going vacant.
The vacant posts are: Junior consultant (medicine), junior consultant (anaesthesia), medical officer, four assistant surgeons, junior consultant (paediatrics), cardiologist, ophthalmologist, ENT, sex and skin, assistant surgeon, IMO, EMO, pathologist, anaesthetist, medical officer (unani), homeopathic, medical technologist, two senior staff nurses, chief assistant, cardiographer, compounder, lab attendant, OT boy, emergency attendant, two office assistants cum computer operators, store keeper, eight health assistants, two community health care providers, MLSS, and sweeper.
Though there are surgical equipments, these are not used for treatment of patients. They have to go to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital in this connection. As a result, the pressure of patients is increasing day by day at RMCH.
As oil is not supplied, the generator and the ambulance can't be operated. As a result, the patients have to remain in darkness during power outage.
Resident Medical Officer of the health complex Asaduzzaman said, "We have to face setback to treat patients as there is crisis of manpower. We treat patients on holidays too."
Sources said though doctors are appointed to the health complex, they transfer elsewhere soon after they join here.
There are allegations that though two or three doctors are posted to the health complex, outsiders live at its quarters.
Bagha Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Sirajul Islam said, though the health complex has 31 beds, they have to give 50-bed service. Sometimes, due to doctor crisis, health assistants from community clinics have to be brought and run the health care service. The matter was informed to higher authority.