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Upazila health complexes in Khulna fail to provide healthcare due to staff shortage

  • Published at 11:42 pm October 17th, 2019
web-Paikgacha Upazila Health Complex in Khulna  DHAKA TRIBUNE
Paikgacha Upazila Health Complex in Khulna Dhaka Tribune

Out of the total 1755 positions in these nine health complexes, 645 still remain vacant

The upazila health complexes in Khulna are failing to provide proper healthcare to the locals as they lack manpower. 

All the nine upazila health complexes including:  Dacope Upazila Health Complex; Batiaghata Upazila Health Complex; Rupsha Upazila Health Complex; Terokhada Upazila Health Complex; Dighalia Upazila Health Complex; Fultola Upazila Health Complex; Dumuria Upazila Health Complex; Paikgacha Upazila Health Complex; and Koyra Upazila Health Complex; of the district were recently upgraded from 31 to 50 bed facility to accommodate the increasing demand.

However, out of the total 1755 positions in these nine health complexes, 645 still remain vacant, disrupting medical care for the local population.

Addressing the issue, Khulna Civil Surgeon Dr ASM Abdur Razzak said: "The upazila health complexes here have enough bed facility, to accommodate the existing demand, but the problem lies in the lack of manpower. 

"We lack doctors, nurses, and a shortage of Grade IV employees have made it difficult to keep the complex premises clean."

According to Khulna Civil Surgeon Office Statistic Department, in the whole district, of the total 2134 posts, 726 are still vacant, which includes doctors to Grade IV employees. There are only two resident medical officers, whereas there should have been nine, operating in the nine upazila health complexes. 

The severe staff shortage in numbers (whole Khulna district):

Posts in place

Vacant posts

Assistant Surgeon/MO/EMO: 54


Grade I Employees: 266


Grade II Employees: 229


Grade III Employees: 1041


Grade IV Employees: 219


Medical Assistant: 390


The ultrasonography, ECG, and x-ray machine of Paikgacha Upazila Health Complex are sitting idle, and are likely to lose their functional capabilities, as there are no operators, said Gadaipur Union Parishad (UP) Member Abdul Halim adding: "Even the room that houses these machines remain abandoned. This place has become very unhygienic.

"They (the upazila health complex) cannot even perform regular tests."  

This has created great suffering for the local communities, and they expect that concerned authorities will take proper initiatives so that their current situation improves.