Diagnosis is very important to better understand a patient’s health problem and provide treatment accordingly. However, most of the district and upazila hospitals in the country lack basic diagnostic facilities like ultrasnography and X-ray apart from a shortage of doctors.
The grim picture has been revealed in the report of a study conducted by the Department of Public Health and Informatics of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque spoke as the chief guest at the seminar held with BSMMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Sharfuddin Ahmed in the chair.
Dr Md Khalequzzaman, associate professor of the BSMMU Department of Public Health and Informatics, presented the study findings at the event.
According to the report, the post of resident medical officer (RMO) remains vacant in 30 percent district hospitals and 63 percent upazila health complexes.
The post of junior or senior consult at 51 percent district hospitals and 77 percent upazila hospitals lies vacant and the post of medical officer or assistant surgeon remains vacant in 65 percent district hospitals and 38 percent upazila health complexes.
At the same time, the post of medical technologists or technicians remains vacant in 51 percent district hospitals and 45 percent upazila health complexes while the post of nurse or midwife remains vacant in 15 percent district hospitals and 25 percent upazila health complexes.
It says the ECG facility is available in 88.9 percent district hospitals and 76.5 upazila health complexes while the X-ray facility is available in 88.9 percent district hospitals and 41.2 percent upazila health complexes.
The lack of doctors and logistic support has posed challenges for the existing physicals to provide health-care services for huge people at district hospitals and upazila health complexes across the country.
Speaking at the seminar, the health minister said there is a shortage of doctors compared to the requirement in the country.
He said the problems at the hospitals will be resolved in phases.
During the study, the overall hospital situation was observed in nine district hospitals and 17 upazila health complexes through survey checklist.
Some 77 upazila health and family welfare officials, civil surgeons, superintendents, medical officers and resident medical officers were interviewed during the study conducted from November 2020 to June 2021.