Report on Nalitabari Health Complex
Pregnant women have to pay for their maternity care and treatment at the Nalitabari Upazila Health Complex in Sherpur district. This was revealed in a research report compiled by CCC Nalitabari and TIB. The report stated that the general patients become victims of neglect by the doctors as they remain busy with their private practice. The report was formally released on November 20 through a discussion meeting at the Nalitabari CCC office.
M A Hakam Hira, Convenor of CCC, presided over the meeting. AZM Zohurul Islam, civil surgeon of Sherpur, Nazmul Hassan Khan, Upazila Nirbahi Officer, Habibullah Siddique, Health Officer, Ekram Hossain, Programme Officer of TIB, Samedul Islam Talukder, Kiron Dutta and Kohinoor Ruma, Members of CCC, journalists, public representatives, and officials of non-government organizations were present.
The report stated that the doctors care little for the patients unless they pay money. They examine only the well-off patients, ignoring the poor ones. The staffs of the hospital take money to undertake few pathological tests though those were supposed to be free of cost, the report revealed. The outdoors of the complex is dirty and full of bad smell. Patients are also forced to pay for minor operation while there is no operation theatre for major surgery. The research was conducted at the end of last year in the form of group discussion and the researchers posing as patients also collected information.