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Health minister: Six doctors for each upazila health complex

  • Published at 08:29 pm February 14th, 2019
Health Minister Zahid Malik
File photo of Health Minister Zahid Maleque Collected

Regarding the recent drives by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) at several hospitals, the minister said the ACC found many doctors absent

The government has already issued a directive to post at least six doctors in each upazila health complex, to ensure the smooth provision of healthcare services for the grassroots, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque told parliament on Thursday.

"We have taken steps to provide six doctors for each upazila. A directive in this regard has already been issued. The process will be completed within a few days," he said in reply to a supplementary question from opposition MP Fakhrul Imam in the House.

The health minister added that most allegations of misconduct in the health sector are against doctors, particularly regarding their attendance in upazila health complexes.

To ensure the attendance of doctors at the upazila level, Zahid Maleque said monitoring cells have been set up at his ministry, as well as at the Directorate General of Health Services and its divisional offices.

"The monitoring process has started. We will be able to ensure the attendance of doctors if the monitoring cells function properly. If their attendance can be ensured, there will be fewer allegations of misconduct," he said.

Regarding the recent drives by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) at several hospitals, the minister said the ACC found many doctors absent. 

"If anyone stays absent, it is considered corruption," he added.

Mentioning that the ministry received a number of suggestions from the ACC to address the issue of doctor absences, Zahid Maleque said the Health Ministry will follow the commission’s guidelines and policy. 

The minister further said the ACC has brought corruption allegations against 23 junior officials of the health sector. "We will definitely take punitive action against the officials if they are proven guilty."