Around 5,000 newly recruited doctors will join public hospitals in rural areas across the country on December 8.
“The newly recruited doctors will join the service at a joining function to be held at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) on December 8. The doctors will be informed about their duty stations on the day,” Prof Abul Kalam Azad, Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) told the Daily Sun.The DGHS chief said the new doctors will be stationed in Upazila-level hospitals and other hospitals in rural areas to provide health services from public healthcare facilities.
A gazette notification was published on November 19 regarding the appointment of 4,443 doctors under the 39th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS).
The Ministry of Public Administration issued the notification, appointing 4,203 assistant surgeons and 240 assistant dental surgeons. The appointees were asked to join their respective duty stations as directed by the ministry by December 8.
Prof Dr Kamrul Hasan Khan, former Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), said the new pool of doctors will help reduce the crisis of doctors in public hospitals.
With the new appointees, the total number of doctors will reach 26,243 though the public hospitals need around 70,000 to 80,000 doctors to serve the country’s 16 crore people, he noted.
Dr Ehteshamul Haque Chowdhury, secretary-general of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA), said, “We hope the government will recruit more doctors next year and another 20,000 during its current tenure to strengthen the country’s healthcare systems.”He also expressed hope that the government will provide necessary facilities to the newly recruited doctors so that they can discharge in their designated duty stations. “We hope that the newly recruited doctors will serve the people with great care and dedication,” he added.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Bangladesh’s healthcare systems need around 160,000 doctors. “We should ensure at least one doctor for every 1500-2,000 people,” Ehteshamul Haque Chowdhury said.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) published the circular of the 39th BCS to recruit the doctors on April 10, 2018.
A total of 13,219 candidates qualified for the post of assistant surgeon and 531 candidates for the post of Assistant Dental Surgeon in the preliminary test.
The preliminary test results were published on September 6 last year. The viva voce exams were concluded on March 7 this year.
Health minister of the previous government, Mohammad Nasim, had earlier hinted about recruiting 10,000 doctors last year to ease the “crisis of doctors” in rural areas.
Asked about the recruitment of more doctors, Abul Kalam Azad said they we will start making efforts to recruit more doctors next year.