Munshiganj Hospital riddled with problems

The 100-bed Munshiganj General Hospital is riddled with manifold problems, including shortage of doctors, hampering the health service seriously. According to sources, 12 posts of doctors out of 24 have been remaining vacant for long.

While visiting the hospital, this correspondent found only three doctors—an RMO, a female consultant and a child consultant—on duty, though the actual number was 12.

Dr Ehsanul Karim, RMO (Resident Medical Officer) of the hospital, said the hospital was upgraded from 30 to 50 beds in 1983 and to 100 beds in 2006 and was renamed Munshiganj General Hospital.

“But the hospital is facing different constraints and nobody knows when the problem will be solved,” the RMO ventilated his frustration.

The shortage of doctors keeps taking its toll on the health service to the poor patients.

The suffering patients said there is no eye specialist in the hospital, though the number of patients is on the rise in the district.

The patients also said they are not provided with any medicine and food from the hospital.

The crooked clinic owners in the town are allegedly involved in convincing the hospital doctors to send the patients to their clinics for pathological tests, said the sufferers.

The poor patients have to get their medical tests done at those clinics as they have no other choice.

Nur-e-Alam Khan, 26, son of Siddikur Rahman of West Deobhog in the town, said, “I have been waiting in the hospital for long, but cannot consult the doctor.”

Moreover, the patients are totally insecure at night as there is no night guard in the hospital, the patients alleged.

Despite repeated attempts the acting Civil Surgeon could not be contacted for his comment.

daily sun

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