BAGERHAT: Thousands of people of the district are unable to have access to its 100-bed General Hospital for lack of medical facilities, doctors and staff.
In 1970, a 50-bed hospital started its journey at Muniganj for the people of nine upazilas of the district which was upgraded to a100-bed one in 1992 considering the needs of locals, reports UNB.But there has been no initiative since then to fill the designated posts of doctors and the 100-bed hospital keeps providing services with the 50-bed hospital’s human resources, endangering the lives of patients.
Sources at the hospital said just 13 doctors have been appointed against 24 stipulated ones, while the 11 other posts have been lying vacant since its opening. On top of that, two doctors have been on “leave” from the very next day after joining it in 2017 and 2018 respectively without permission from the authorities concerned.
Marzina Begum, a patient of the hospital, said she came here for the treatment of her eyes, but she did not get any service from it for lack of any specialist doctor.
Many patients of different ages said they often have to go beyond the district to receive proper treatment due to specialist doctor crisis at the hospital, which makes healthcare very expensive for them.
Mashiur Rahman, Residential Medical Officer (RMO) of Bagerhat Sadar Hospital, said senior consultant posts at the Department of Orthopaedics, Department of Gynaecology, Department of Surgery, Department of Ophthalmology, Department of Anaesthesia and the consultant post of Department of Neonatal, Department of Radiology, doctor’s post at the Department of Pathology and three medical officers are vacant. “The number of patients at the hospital is increasing day by day, though there’s a crisis of doctors and staff,” Mashiur added.