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Manpower shortage hampers family planning services

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Tangail

Family planning services in the district have been running with a shortage of 329 employees for the last one year. As a result, people are being denied the services.

The authorities concerned admit the problem and promise to fill the vacant posts soon.

Sources in the Tangail district family planning office say that several service delivery units are working in the district. Satellite clinics, union health and family planning centres, and mother and child welfare centres are being run. Besides, yard meetings are being held by the department.

Sources say 88 union health and family welfare centres, including 63 family planning units, are being conducted under 12 upazilas of the district. Eighty-eight sub-assistant community medical officers, 102 family planning inspectors, and 52 pharmacists are engaged in providing these services to people. In addition, eight satellite clinics are being run every three months.

It is learnt that for a population of 70,000 and 40,000 voters in Korotia UP under Sadar Upazila, a community clinic was established on five decimals of land under the district health department in 2001. But the service-seekers are said to be denied the assistance they need from the clinic. Many also alleged irregularities in distribution of medicine.

Swarna, a housewife of Gosaibari, said: “I could not get my blood pressure and weight checked during my pregnancy. Yet I had to pay Tk. 5 in getting medicines that I ought to have received free of cost. The women of the village are not getting proper services.”

Nasima, Suborna and Yeasmin said that the service-provider, Nazmun Nahar, did not come to the clinic regularly. She apparently employed a poor girl as her substitute. She also collected T.k 5 from each of the service-seekers.

Nazmun Nahar, community healthcare provider of the Gosaibari Kumulli community clinic, said she collected the money to pay the assistant who had been hired to cope with the pressure of work.

Lutfol Kibria, acting deputy director of the Tangail district family planning office, said: “The offices are running with a shortage of 329 employees. Shortage of manpower is a big problem. The problem will be eased after filling the vacant posts. There is no hard and fast rule that community clinics and satellite clinics can’t be run at the same place.”

 

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