The 50-bed Guainghat Upazila Health Complex in Sylhet district is running with inoperative medical equipment and acute shortage of doctors, nurses and other staff. The posts of upazila health and family planning officer (UHFPO), resident medical officer (RMO), junior consultants of surgery, medicine, anesthesia, and five posts of staff nurse have remained vacant for three years, said hospital sources.
Only four doctors, including a gynecological consultant, cannot provide treatment to 300 out patients and 35/40 inpatients every day, said Dr. Rahan Uddin, medical officer and in-charge of UHFPO. A large number of patients with acute and lower abdominal pain, gynecological problems, respiratory tract infection, chest pain, peptic ulcer disease, cardiac problem and other health complications are being deprived of proper treatment from the hospital due to the prevailing situation, he said.
As a result, many poor women, who visit the hospital with complications in pregnancy, cannot get imaging tests done in the hospital. Besides, both male and female patients with acute and lower abdominal pain and kidney ureter bladder (KUB) problems have to go to private diagnostic centers to have their tests, spending Tk 700 for each imaging test -- seven times more than the hospital rate, he added. Many patients with chest pain, uncontrolled blood pressure, cardiac problem and shoulder pain cannot get the tests done by the hospital's ECG machine, he further said.
The situation is the same with the X-ray machine as it remains dysfunctional, said radiographer of the hospital. During a recent visit to the health complex, this correspondent found that the defective ultra-sound machine and ECG were kept in the storehouse of the hospital, and the radiographer sitting idle beside the inoperative X-ray machine. I have already written to the higher authorities concerned for repairing the instruments, but I do not know when the problems will be solved, the UHFPO-in-charge of added.
-AA Correspondent, Sylhet
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