Patients suffer for shortage of doctors at Bagatipara hospital
BAGATIPARA, NATORE, Sept 13: Manpower crisis has hit Bagatipara Upazila Health Complex in the district.
Out of total 14 doctors, only four are currently in service.
The hospital authority sent a letter to the higher authority, but instead of posting new doctors, an order has been sent to the hospital to transfer a posted physician Dr Nazmul Islam.
Hospital sources said out of the total 14 posts of doctors in the upazila, nine are in 31-Bed Upazila Health Complex and five in union sub-centres. But, only four physicians are providing services now in the entire upazila. They are: Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Dr Aminul Islam, Residential Medical Officer Dr Russell, Medical Officer Abdullah Mohammad, and Medical Officer Nazmul Hasan.
Sources said though four more doctors are posted at the health complex but they are absent for various reasons. Two of them have been absent at the hospital for long. They are: Junior Consultant (Surgery) Yasser Arafat, who has been absent for six years, and Medical Officer Mofazzal Sharif, who has been absent for four and a half years. Departmental cases are going on against them. Until the cases are settled, none can be appointed in those two posts.
The sources further said there are two doctors in the gynaecology and the dental surgery posts on deputation. The post of anaesthetist has been vacant for long. There are no important posts like paediatrician, ophthalmologist and orthopaedics. Out of 17 posts of health assistants, 12 are currently posted. Out of 16 posts of nurses, 13 are currently serving. Out of three posts of office assistants, only one is employed.
Due to lack of some important posts at the government hospital, people are taking health care from private hospitals. Besides, there is crisis of furniture and different equipments.
On an average, 40 to 50 patients are admitted to the hospital every day. About 500 to 550 patients from remote areas come here daily to take treatment from the outdoor section of the hospital. Due to lack of departmental physicians, many patients have to return home without taking service or have to go to private hospitals.
Though the hospital has an x-ray machine, it has been inoperative for the last two years. There are two ECG machines, but those are out of order.
In this connection, Bagatipara Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Dr Md Aminul Islam admitted the the manpower crisis at the health complex.
He said, "With only four doctors, we are facing problems to treat the patients. It has become very difficult to handle patient crowding every day."
He said the higher authorities had been informed about the problems multiple times through letter. But necessary measures are not being taken.
He further said despite the crisis of doctors at Bagatipara Health Complex, the transfer of Dr Nazmul Hasan to Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar is in no way expected.
He, however, appealed for the cancellation of the transfer order.