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Rajbari Sadar Hospital beset with manifold problems

Update : 04 Mar 2014, 06:57 PM

Rajbari Adhunik Sadar Hospital has almost failed to provide proper healthcare services to patients as it is facing acute crisis of doctors, staffs and accommodation facilities.

According to hospital sources, there are only 10 doctors against 42 posts at the full-fledged hospital meant for 15.20 lakh people of the district.

Currently, there is no senior consultant at cardiology, children, surgery, anesthesia and medicine departments.

Besides, the post of nursing superintendent, administrative officer, statistics officer, accountant and store keeper are also lying vacant, hampering administrative activities of the hospital.

Only four medical assistants from a union health sub-centre are providing treatment to out-door patients.

As a results, the union level sub-centre has remained closed for few months, said the sources.

The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced at a public meeting at Rajbari Railway football ground in January, 2003 that the hospital would be upgraded to a 100-bed from 50-bed hospital soon, but the pledge is yet to be fulfilled.

Moreover, many out-door patients alleged that although doctors sit idly in their room, patients wait in front of their room in long queue hours after hours.

Rahima Khatoon, 30, who came to the hospital from Ramkantopur village in Rajbari upazila sadar upazila on Monday,   said: “I have come here three hours ago, but failed to visit medical assistant while a number of medical representatives already visited them.”

Another patient, who came with her a daughter to the hospital, said after waiting for a few hours, she was returning to home without getting any medical services.

Shymoli , 65, and Feroza, 55,  who came from  Sujanagar, Pabna  with severe  respiratory  problem  and lower  abdominal  pain  respectively, alleged  that they  were not getting  proper treatment  at the hospital because of non-availability of doctors.

“After suffering from fever for 10 days, I came to the hospital. But I could not get any chance  for treatment  as the two doctors Bimol Bepary  and  Dr Newas  were too busy  because of huge rush of patients,” said Asikur Rahman, 65, of Kalukhali upazila,  25 kilometer away off Rajbari district headquarters.

Emergency patients, who come to the hospital in the afternoon or at night, are often deprive of medical services, said the sources.

A four-month-old girl was referred to Faridpur General Hospital for better treatment as there is no pediatric doctor at the hospital.

During a visit to the hospital, this correspondent found that a large number of patients were lying on the floor of different wards, passages and corridors after not getting beds.

On an average 180 to 200 patients stay at different wards daily although there are only 80 staff to look after the patients.

It is also alleged that there is a one X-ray machine at operation theatre room and the operation theatre has not been working properly for the last three years for lack of senior surgeon.

If any patient needs surgery they are referred to Faridpur General Hospital, added the sources.

Residential Medical Officer Dr Abdul Hannan said they could not run the hospital properly because of multifarious problems.

“We have no alternative to face crowd of patients as we do not have sufficient staffs,” said Civil Surgeon Dr, Nurul Amin.

“We have sent several letters to the higher authorities seeking measures to fill up vacant post, but steps to resolve the crisis are yet to taken.”

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