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22 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Healthcare for common people

There is no dearth of doctors who are habituated to dodging their responsibility in different hospitals of the country
Healthcare for common people

President M Abdul Hamid while addressing the third convocation of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Monday  asked physicians and others concerned to work with professionalism and give priority to providing healthcare facilities for the common people.  The president also asked doctors to consider the ability of people while providing treatment and make sure that no patient is deprived of getting proper treatment due to lack of money. But it is worrying to note that some doctors are engaged in fleecing patients instead of rendering proper medical care.    

There is no dearth of doctors who are habituated to dodging their responsibility in different hospitals of the country. As a result patients and their relatives suffer.   Shortage of doctors, nurses and medicines jeopardize medical care in many hospitals of the country. This is particularly true about the upazila health complexes. In some cases people become victims of wrong treatment or negligence of the physicians, tarnishing the reputation of the doctors and respective institutions. This is very unfortunate. What is disturbing is that some times doctors resort to intimidation and hooliganism forgetting the sacred Hippocratic Oath they took at the beginning of their profession. Recently a teacher of Rajshahi University was manhandled by some interne doctors.    

There are specialist doctors who do not want to leave the capital. This indicates that they are more concerned about their income than rendering healthcare to the ailing people. Many doctors dodge their responsibility at their work places and are found busy at their private chambers. Besides, there are doctors who go for work abstention on various pretexts. They must shun this mentality.    

Our doctors should grow the sense of duty and responsibility. They should remember that their apathy and dodging attitude will prove to be dangerous for patients. The number of doctors, nurses and medical technologists should be increased in the country to render medical care to the burgeoning population. Currently in Bangladesh people spend 64 per cent of total healthcare cost from their own pockets which pushes them towards poverty. Support from all the stakeholders along with the government and positive political commitment with good governance can contribute a lot to achieve the target of health care.  It is the responsibility of the government, particularly the health ministry and the health department to find out the errant doctors and take action against them. There should not be any leniency where public health is concerned.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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