At least, seventeen out of 37 community clinics in the upazila have become risky, and unsuitable for conducting services, as they have not been repaired for many years
Owing to the lack of renovation and power supply, most of the community clinics in Tangail's Shakhipur upazila are in dire straits, disrupting healthcare, and family planning services to the locals, especially pregnant women, and children.
At least, seventeen out of 37 community clinics in the upazila have become risky, and unsuitable for conducting services, as they have not been repaired for many years.
Mohanandapur, Berbari, and Ratanpur community clinics are being run in rented rooms, as cracks have developed in the walls, and chunks of plaster are falling off from the buildings.
Patients, including pregnant women, and children don't want to enter into the clinic buildings, fearing that it could collapse at any moment.
''As the walls of the building becomes weak, patients are not coming to take treatment fearing it could collapse at any moment. So, we have rented a tin-shed room beside the clinic for providing treatment,'' said Ariful Islam, community health care provider (CHCP) at Mohanandapur community clinics.
Health workers at the clinics also struggle to provide treatment to the patients during hot weather as most of the clinics lack electricity.
During a recent visit to Protima Banki, and Kalmegha Atiapara CC community clinics, our reporter found that cracks have developed in the walls, and chunks of plaster are falling off from the clinic buildings, tube wells are out of order, and lavatories have become unusable due to being dirty and messy.
Pregnant Renu Akhtar, who comes to the clinic to receive treatment said that she fears to enter the clinic. But, she is forced to take treatment from there, as there is no other alternative.
When Contacted, Dr. Belayet Hossain, Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer said that they had already sent a list of risky buildings at the community clinics to District Health Engineering Department (HED) asking for renovation.