Patients of different hospitals in the capital repeatedly complain about the illegibility of physicians’ prescriptions.
Sometimes, readers and salesmen at pharmacies get confused over the writing on the prescriptions.
While visiting different hospitals of the city including Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), and Dhaka Medical College (DMC) this correspondent found many prescriptions illegible.
A patient, Gautam, 24 years old who had come from Biikrampur to the BSMMU, told Bangladesh Post that the physician prescribed him three medicines. When he went to the pharmacy nearby the BSMMU, the salesmen could not read the same, as most of the words were just scribbled.
Another patient Jerin, complained about similar issues and said that she had gone to a doctor a couple of days back, but the doctor’s prescription was illegible, and she had to go back to the doctor to know the names of the medicines.
Abdul Jalil, father of a patient said, he is astonished to see such kind of handwriting from a doctor.
Some apothecary from in front of DMC and BSSMU told the correspondent that most of the physicians’ writings are still unreadable. However, some doctors wrote in capital letters, which are clear.
They said, due to illegible prescriptions, sometimes they need to send the patient back to the doctors to make clear the names of medicines.
While the correspondent talking to a salesman at a pharmacy in front of BSMMU, a patient came with a prescription to buy medicine, the name of which was also illegible, prompting the salesmen to take the help of his senior colleague to provide the medicine.
Earlier, Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh filed a writ before the High Court on the issue.
In January 9, 2017, in response, a High Court bench consisting of Justice Naima Haydar and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman ordered doctors to either write prescriptions in clear and block handwriting or type them out. Director General of Health Department, and Bangladesh Medical Association secretary, were instructed to carry out the order within four weeks.
When contacted, several doctors said that it is very tough to prescribe medicines to a large number of patients within a limited time for outdoor department doctors of government hospitals. Because of this, the handwriting of the doctors can be illegible.
Syed Mozaffar Ahmed, Professor of physical medicine and rehab department of BSMMU said, it is true that some prescriptions are unreadable. To avert the irritation, we are working to bring the whole department under computerization. Already, we have signed an agreement with the World Bank regarding the issue.
Prof. Abul Kalam Azad, Director General of Directorate of Health said, they have given instructions to all the doctors to obey the HC order.