Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued warning against absence of physicians at their designated stations asking them to quit jobs if they are incapable of discharging duties properly.
Hasina also advised for introduction of biometric attendance system to ensure presence of the nurses and doctors at the government health facilities as there are allegations that doctors or not found in many hospitals in remote parts of the country as they prefer to be staying in big towns.
“The health ministry should launch a survey to find out how many patients go to government hospitals and why doctors are not found present in hospitals,” she said while visiting the Health and Family Welfare Ministry of Sunday.
If the transferred doctors do not engage in service in districts and upazials then put them aside, she said.
“We don’t need them, we’ll appoint new doctors,” Hasina told the health ministry officials during her weekly visit to different ministries.
She also advised introducing digital health card in every government hospital to allow the patients getting follow up treatment.
All government hospitals must come under the surveillance of close-circuit camera to ensure security of the medical personnel and installations, she said adding that there must be harmonious relations between the physicians and patients.
The there is an attitude among nurses that they will not serve patients as they have been promoted to second-class jobs, she observed saying this is not going to happen, they must serve (patients).
“We are giving them such honour so that they serve. Nurses are not supposed to just provide medicines to patients,” she said.
Making the nurses as second-class employee does not mean the government has to create another level of staff for providing services to patients.
“We don’t need… whoever comes up with such an attitude that person doesn’t need to be there; this is my clear-cut words,” she warned.
Hasina said doctors in Bangladesh can carry out private practice unlike many countries in the world.
She asked the Health Ministry to introduce private practice at the district level hospitals after office hours like one was introduced in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque and State Minister for Health and Family Welfare M Murad Hasan were present among others at the gathering.