Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque said on Tuesday that action will be taken against the health providers if they do not stay at their places of work.
“The person who needs to stay at his/her place of work for providing healthcare service to people, he/she must have to stay there. Otherwise, action will be taken against the guilty person as per law,” he warned.The health minister was speaking at a seminar titled ‘Sustainable Development Goal (SDG); To Do in Health Sector of Bangladesh’ arranged by Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) at its auditorium in the capital. BMA president Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin presided over the seminar.
Mentioning that sometimes physicians remain absent in upazila health complexes and district hospitals, he said, “The ministry is giving priority to develop the monitoring system in a bid to improve the health services across the country.”
“We have already advanced in developing the monitoring system. If the system is developed then many problems in health service sector will be resolved,” Zahid Maleque said.
He said, “The health ministry will try to recruit 10,000 new physicians this year as the prime minister, in last term of the Awami League government, already approved the recruitment of new doctors to improve the healthcare services in public hospitals.”
Narrating the government initiatives to ensure presence of physicians in hospitals, the minister said, “The government will provide vehicles at every upazila health complex and repair or build new residential houses for the doctors of the health complexes.”
He revealed that the government is working to arrange promotion for the deserving doctors and it is also going to pass the health protection law and career plan for government doctors.Zahid Maleque said, “Medical education in private medical colleges will have to be improved and the government has given due attention to fill up the vacant posts of teachers of basic sciences in medical colleges.”
Speaking at the seminar, state Minister for health and family welfare Dr Murad Hassan said that they would suddenly visit different hospitals at upazila, district and division levels to inspect the condition of health services at the respective hospitals.
“During our visits to the hospitals, if we find any fault then we’ll take action against the guilty person as per law,” he warned.
Murad Hassan said the government will construct multi-storied residential apartment buildings at government hospitals to resolve the residential crisis of physicians and nurses across the country.