Only one doctor for 300,000 people in Tarash

Published : 30 Jan 2022 08:24 PM

Due to shortage of doctors and manpower, overall medical services are being disrupted in the 50-bed health complex of Tarash upazila of Sirajganj district. Hundreds of service seekers, especially those who come from far and wide every day, are alleged to be deprived of essential health services in the inpatient and outpatient departments due to the crisis of doctors.

Due to the fact that for a long time the vacancies of the hospital doctors and other vacancies have not been filled, the medical services for the current epilepsy and winter diseases are being provided by only one doctor. As a result, the intensity of the crisis is increasing day by day.

At present, many people who come to the hospital for treatment of diarrhoea, pneumonia, old age and other respiratory diseases of winter children are being forced to go to hospitals and clinics in different cities including Bogura and Sirajganj without getting necessary treatment, said Talam Rahman of the village, Minti, Karim of Jantihar village, Abul and many others.

They further said that the only doctor in charge of the 50-bed health complex in the upazila is sending the patient to the city. The poor patients fell into misery. Because many people do not have the means to get treatment in their city.

According to sources in Tarash Upazila 50-bed health complex, a doctor is acting as the officer in charge of Upazila Health and Family Welfare Officer. Junior Consultant (Surgery), Junior Consultant (Medicine), Junior Consultant (Gynecologist) all three posts are vacant. Both the posts of Medical Officer (UHC) are vacant. All four of the seven posts of Assistant Surgeon (newly created) are vacant. As two of the three people working in this post are working on deputation, only one doctor is currently working in the 50-bed health complex of the upazila.

As a result, the reality of medical services in the 50-bed health complex of Tarash Upazila at present is that out of the posts of Upazila Health and Family Welfare Officer and Resident Physician, only one doctor is entrusted with the treatment of about three lakh people of the Upazila.

On the other hand, there is not only a shortage of doctors in the 50-bed health complex of Tarash Upazila. There are 12 vacancies for health assistants including four out of 10 posts of medical assistants.

There are more vacancies for a sanitary inspector, a chief assistant/ accountant, a cashier, a statistician, two office assistants, a medical tech radio, a medical tech dental, an assistant attendant, a leprosy control assistant, a health inspector, three office The posts of assistant, a ward boy, a gardener, a torchbearer, a night watchman and four bush-grandfathers have been vacant for years but have not been filled to date. And due to manpower crisis, administrative and bureaucratic work is going on in pairs.

On the other hand, residents of the area Ashraf Sarkar, Jewel Rana, Josna Khatun and many others said that no doctor could be found in the inpatient and outpatient department after 11 pm in the 50-bed health complex of Tarash upazila. X-rays are not done here. For 23 years there has been no arms smuggling system including caesarean section. The doctors left the chamber before the report came, even though it was a pathological test. Besides, cleanliness in the 50-bed health complex of the upazila is not satisfactory. So it goes without saying that the overall medical care of the people of the area is being used in an extreme way.

However, the health and family welfare functionary (in charge) of Tarash Upazila 50-bed health complex Dr Monowar Hossain said that instead of eight doctors in the health complex, only one doctor is working now. He already has informed the District Civil Surgeon about the medical crisis. And to fill other posts, he has to give letters to the concerned department every month.