• Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
  • Last Update : 01:19 am

Sylhet hospital in limbo three years after inauguration

  • Published at 01:24 am June 18th, 2019
Web-Sylhet-Shamsuddin Ahmed-Hospital
Sylhet Shahid Shamsuddin Ahmed District Hospital lies in operated Dhaka Tribune

The 200-bed hospital was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on January 21, 2016

Sylhet Shahid Shamsuddin Ahmed District Hospital (SSSADH) was inaugurated almost four years ago, but had not begun operating due to shortage of staff and officials.

The 200-bed hospital was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on January 21, 2016.

The hospital was primarily known as Sylhet Sadar Hospital, alias District Hospital, starting its operation in 1992. Then in 1998, it was named after Sylhet’s war hero, Shahid Dr Shamsuddin who was killed during the War of Independence in 1971.

The rate of child and maternal mortality in Sylhet is higher than in other parts of the country. Therefore, the hospital was established in line with the government’s initiatives to lessen the number by establishing the 200-bed specialized hospital for children.

Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Secretary-General Dr Ehtesamul Huq Chowdhury said: “We are planning to primarily launch it as a 100-bed hospital. Being recently approved by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare [MOHFW], the posts of staff have been finalised, and it will be in operation soon. 

“The administration will allocate Tk10 crore more for the hospital’s structural development in the next fiscal year. So we are hoping to launch it as a 200-bed, next year, as promised,” he added.

An official of SSSADH said, the authority had been in conversation with the administration to start up the hospital for the last five to six years. Last year it was approved, but due to shortage of hospital staff and officials, it is not opening up for patients.

According to sources, for posting staff and officials, employing specialised doctors, and completing structural development, many letters have been sent to different ministries on behalf of the hospital. MOHFW allocated Tk28 crore, and Ministry of Public Administration (Mopa) allocated Tk10 crore. But for the latter, due to some unknown reason, only Tk3 crore has been used, and the remaining Tk7 crore was sent back to Mopa.

According to the hospital officials, there are only two officially employed personnel each, in the position of senior consultant, junior consultant, and medical officer in the hospital. Only one personnel is employed in each position of Residential Medical Officer (RMO), Anesthesiologist, Pathologist, Radiologist, and Dental Surgeon. A junior consultant is working as the RMO, since there is a shortage of official employees. Three third class employees are working against 15 positions. Of the total 111 vacancies, 22 are employed in positions of supervisors, and nurses. Lab equipments are sitting idle due to lack of technicians.

Consultant of SSSADH Abdul Kaiyum said: “We regularly treat more than 100 patients each day. If the hospital gets full swing we can help more.”

Sylhet Health Department’s Director Dr Debapada Ray said: “The decision regarding 

SSSADH should come from the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital’s directorial body. As they are the designated authority.”