Residents of Kaliganj upazila in Lalmonirhat are deprived of basic healthcare services, as upazila health complex, close to the house of Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed, lies in dire state for a long due to manifold reasons.
According to local sources, the 50-bed health complex was built up in the upazila many years ago. Only 12 physicians are working now out of 28. Technician of only X-ray machine is not present. Crisis of nurses and 4rth grade employs is serious.
Local alleged that though the minister was the chairman of the managing committee, he was not aware of the situation of the health complex.
When this correspondent visited the complex recently, he found that there was no electricity and water.
The patients alleged that they were not interested to stay at the health complex due to mismanagement and lack of service.
Momenna Begum, a patient of Gynecology department, said she had decided to leave the health complex as she did not get treatment.
Moniruzzaman, another patient, alleged that if a well person came to the health complex, he will be ill due to unhealthy environment.
He said: “I came here on August 15, on the occasion of National Mourning Day, to take treatment without fee. Like me, many patients came to take free medical service. But all they had left the place meanwhile without treatment.”
Another patient, seeking anonymity, said the authority took from them token money for treatment.
Dr Ahsan Habib, residential medical officer of the health complex, said the patients could not be given good service due to lack of staffs. He did not know about the token money, he said.
Rustam Ali, officer-in-charge of Kaliganj health and family planning, said no meeting of the managing committee had been held since 2011.
The power line at the health complex collapsed on August 6. Since then, the hospital had been lying in sorry state, he said.
When contacted, the minister did not make any comment over cell phone.