As per the government’s initiative to ensure proper health services for people across the country, around 5,000 new doctors are going to join public hospitals in rural areas today.
“It’s a big initiative of the incumbent government to recruit such a large number of doctors for public hospitals. With the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque, the ministry is implementing the initiative of the government to ensure proper health services for people across the country,” Habibur Rahman Khan, additional secretary of the health and family welfare ministry, told the daily sun.He said a total of 4,607 new doctors, including 164 doctors who are children of freedom fighters, will join the service at a joining function today.
“The prime minister and the health minister want the new doctors to be appointed to the vacant posts in all health service institutions. During the first three years of their job, the new doctors will be posted to provide health services to village people,” Habibur Rahman said.
He further said the ministry has taken a decision that the new doctors will be appointed in upazila health complexes and union sub-centres across the country where the posts of assistant surgeons and dental surgeons are lying vacant, except six districts of greater Dhaka which includes Dhaka, Gazipur, Manikganj and Munshiganj.
“Among the new doctors, there are 350 couples of doctors and we are trying to appoint them together in hospitals. Around 1,300 posts of doctors of union sub-centres will be filled up by the new doctors. All posts of assistant surgeons and dental surgeons will be saturated,” the health ministry official said.
Habibur Rahman said the government has a plan to recruit 5,000 to 10,000 more doctors for the public hospitals of the country to ensure proper health service for country’s people.
“The newly recruited doctors will join the service at a joining function at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) on December 8. The doctors will be informed about their work place on the day,” Prof Abul Kalam Azad, Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told the daily sun.The health directorate chief said the newly recruited doctors will be appointed in upazila level hospitals and other below hospitals to provide health services for rural people.
According to the health ministry, the government has taken various steps to ensure proper health services for the country’s people while it is recruiting new doctors to reach the health services across the country particularly in rural areas and setting up many new public hospitals from tertiary level to lower level across the country.
“Actually, the current health minister had initiated the plan to recruit a large number of doctors for the public hospitals and he was very much sincere in implementing the initiative,” Habibur Rahman said.
On November 19 this year, a gazette notification was published over 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, said an official release.
The appointees were urged to join their respective workplaces as directed by the ministry concerned by December 8.
If anyone does not join by the time, his or her appointment will be cancelled assuming that he or she is not agreed to join the job, the release added.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) published circular of the 39th BCS 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 39th BCS was organised specially for doctors. The preliminary test results were published on September 6 last year. The viva voce exams were concluded on March 7 this year.