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Faridpur General Hospital plagued by myriad problems

  • Published at 07:57 pm March 15th, 2021
Faridpur General Hospital
Faridpur General Hospital, more than 100 years after its inception in 1917, is struggling with myriad problems Dhaka Tribune

For over a decade, the trend has been that whenever a doctor is transferred to Faridpur General Hospital, he/she sooner or later transfers to Faridpur Medical College Hospital

The more than century-old Faridpur General Hospital, built in the heart of the town, is plagued with myriad issues, including a shortage of doctors on top of the crises in manpower, equipment and medicine.

Faridpur is one among 19 former districts of Bangladesh with historical significance. Memories of Bangabandhu are often said to be associated with Faridpur General Hospital. At this very hospital, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman received medical attention when he was arrested and sent to Faridpur Jail, reports a Faridpur correspondent, quoting local senior politicians.

However, the hospital, after more than 100 years of its inception in 1917, has been struggling with myriad problems. The only X-ray machine at Faridpur General Hospital has been out of order for six months and steps are yet to be taken to repair it. Meanwhile, the fully-functioning ultra sonogram machine has lain inactive for want of doctors and activities at the hospital.

There are 37 officer-level posts at this 100-bed hospital, against which 18 people are currently in position, with the remaining posts vacant. This means only 46% of all officers’ posts are currently filled. 

Besides, the hospital also has 12 senior and junior consultant posts, against which only 6 posts are occupied.

Every day, on average, 1,000-1,200 patients with various health complications visit this hospital seeking medical treatment. However, these health care seekers are not getting the desired services due to a lack of doctors. As a result, these patients are forced to go to multiple private hospitals in the area, which are comparatively expensive.

For over a decade, the trend has been that whenever a doctor is transferred to Faridpur General Hospital, he/she sooner or later transfers to the Faridpur Medical College Hospital.

Speaking on these issues, Jalal Ahmed, chief assistant of Faridpur Civil Surgeon's Office, said: “We have informed the honourable director (hospitals and clinics) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) with regard to the inoperative X-ray machine and shortage of doctors at Faridpur General Hospital.”

Dr Farid Hossain Miah, director (hospitals and clinics) of the DGHS, said: “I was not made aware of the fact that the X-ray machine of Sadar Hospital has been out of order for months. There hasn’t been any demand (requisition) from the Faridpur Civil Surgeon’s Office in this regard either. Once I am informed, a new X-ray machine will be arranged if necessary.”