In a densely populated country like Bangladesh the health sector is vital to ensure that our huge population remains optimally fit and productive. This requires well equipped and specialised hospitals as well as adequate trained health care personnel. With the outbreak of new diseases resulting in rising number of patients the requirement for trained caregivers are also increasing. The present government’s focus on health is commendable as visible by the increase in beds in the lone cancer hospital from fifty to three hundred in the two tenures of this government.
Seeing the high demand for health care facilities, quacks open clinics and hospitals which do not actually help people as the facilities are manned by untrained non-professionals. Fourteen unlicensed hospitals were closed by High Court order recently. This may be just the tip of the iceberg. Extensive periodic inspection of health facilities all over the country is necessary to stop malpractices and ensure optimum standard health care in private clinics and hospitals.It is heartening to know that the health sector has executed almost ninety per cent of the ADP last FY. It is encouraging to see the government focusing on building world class specialised hospitals all over the country past few years. Now ICU facilities are available in district level hospitals too. The health sector has received a major boost since the present government came into power. But numbers and statistics showing expenditure on buildings and infrastructures will be all in vain if people do not get good service and treatment from these superstructures when they go to these places with sickness. It boils down to the fact that health care is basically and purely a service sector. Its success eventually depends more on the number of patients treated and cured compared to the number of patients who are turned back untreated, or lost due to death or permanently impaired. Many hospitals in the country have latest equipments but are short in doctors, nurses and care givers. Adequate trained doctors, nurses, caregivers, technicians, etc. are needed for sustaining and enhancing the present success rate of the health sector. We hope that the government will address the shortage of manpower in hospitals urgently.