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20 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 April, 2019 01:13:24 AM
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Decentralising public health facilities

Decentralising public health facilities

In Bangladesh everything is Dhaka-centric that does not bode well for a balanced and equitable development of the people everywhere. Like government services, justice system, education and economic activities, the vital medical treatment opportunities are also based in the capital. The divisional and districts towns, not to mention the upazilas, are lacking in both specialized public and private treatment facilities.

As a results, patients from these places flock to Dhaka for treatment. Quoting the sources of BSMMU, a report of this newspaper yesterday mentioned that at least 20,60,159 patients received treatment at the hospital last year. The total number of patients who came to Dhaka last year is difficult to get, but the number would certainly be staggering. And it is still worrying to notice that patients’ number is increasing overwhelmingly every year in these days of superb communication network.

Bangladesh is densely populated country and everywhere, in every district or divisional town, concentration of people is very high, so is the number of patients. As specialized hospitals such as heart, kidney and cancer hospitals all are located in Dhaka, patients do not have option but to rush to Dhaka. Notable among the public hospitals outside Dhaka are the hospitals affiliated to medical colleges, but all district towns do not have such hospitals. And even in these few hospitals, the specialised departments do not have adequate facilities, with little advanced diagnostic technology.

As a result, patients with certain diseases have to run to Dhaka creating pressure on the city’s treatment facilities. For a long time this situation is persisting and now there should be a change in this. The government treatment facilities on specialized diseases must now be scattered all across the country. Most of the patients that visit the public hospitals can ill afford to go to private hospitals; and for coming to the capital to receive treatment they have to make additional expenses which are not negligible.

The lack of facilities at places outside the capital is further compounded by the absenteeism of doctors in the rural places. The problems that are plaguing the health sector warrant for reshaping of the government’s health policy that will primarily put importance on creating advanced specialized treatment facilities outside ensuring that that the doctors remain available in their work stations.         

 

 

 

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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