Bangladesh had 0.96 hospital bed per thousand people in 2018

BBS survey shows

Staff Correspondent

22 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Country’s hospitals have bed crisis compared to the population size, which is depriving general people of getting proper health services, according to a new survey of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).

Private Health Service Institution Survey 2019 of the state statistics agency shows that Bangladesh has only 0.96 hospital bed per 1,000 population, much below the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended 3.5.

The survey findings were formally unveiled at a function at BBS office in the city’s Agargaon on Monday.

In government hospitals, the number of bed against per thousand population is only 0.32 whereas the number is 0.64 at private hospitals.

The number of nurses against doctors, excluding dental surgeons, stands at 0.85 at private hospitals, but the number will decline further to 0.83 percent if dental surgeons are taken into account.

Nurse-bed ratio at private health facilities was found to be only 3.47 percent, which means a nurse is serving 3.47 beds on average, according to the survey.

On June 30 in 2018, there were some 16,979 private health service facilities across the country, employing some 3,68,580 health workers of whom 3,15,941 or 85.72 percent were full-time employees and 52,639 or 14.28 percent were part-time employees.

Out of the total employed people, 56.32 percent were placed at hospitals, 36.79 percent at diagnosis centres, 5.7 percent at clinics and 1.19 percent at dental clinics.

In 2017-18 fiscal year, increase in employment and permission in private health institutions was found to be 9.27 percent.  Employment increased at a rate of 12.16 percent in private hospitals that time while employment rose at 5.89 percent at private clinics and at a rate of 5.31 percent at diagnostic centres and 0.82 percent at dental clinics.

Department of health’s data showed that there were some 16,979 health service institutions in the private sector in the country in 2018. Of them, some 10,291 were hospitals, 4,452 were clinics and 839 were dental clinics.