Tuesday, 5 July, 2022
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538 illegal health care centres shut

As many as 538 unauthorised hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centres were shut down and around 450 others fined in a massive drive across the country on Sunday.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) took action against around 1,000 illegal hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres, especially on charges of running activities without licences.

“The drive was conducted in all districts, including Dhaka. A total of 538 unauthorised hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centres were closed,” Dr Md Belal Hossain, director (hospital) of DGHS, told the Daily Sun.

He further said 164 unauthorised hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres have been closed in the drive in Dhaka district.

“Many of the private hospitals, clinics and diagnostics centres also have been fined on various allegations,” he added.

The unofficial sources said the authorities concerned fined around 500 private hospitals, clinics and diagnostics centes across the country,  including Dhaka city.

According to DGHS sources, divisional directors, district civil surgeons and upazila health complex officials started the ‘crush’ drive against the unatuhorised hospitals, clinics and diagnostics centres from May 26.

“A routine drive will continue against the unauthorised private hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centres and blood banks,” Belal Hossain said.

Earlier, the DGHS on May 26 directed the authorities concerned to close all the unregistered clinics, hospitals and diagnostic centres across the country within 72 hours.

The instruction was given after a meeting held at the DGHS on May 25 with Prof Dr Ahmedul Kabir, additional director general (admin) of the DGHS, in the chair.

As per the decision of the meeting, all illegal hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers and private hospitals were asked to stop their activities within 72 hours.

Directors of hospitals, civil surgeons of districts and upazila health complex officials were asked to enforce the instruction.

At the same time, they also were asked to carry out action against illegal health service centres in coordination with local administration.

The meeting also decided to give a deadline to renew their licences. If hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres fail to renew their licences within the deadline, their operation will be suspended.

The meeting also decided that harsh actions, including revoking licences, would be taken against the private hospitals and clinics if they allow other people to stay at the operation theatres for anesthesia and other activities during operation, other than registered physicians.