Nabinagar health complex upgraded in name only | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 30, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 30, 2012

Nabinagar health complex upgraded in name only

Lacks manpower, furniture and equipment

Although the 30-bed Nabinagar upazila health complex was upgraded to 50-bed one about one and a half years ago, it could not be operational due to lack of manpower, furniture and equipment.
As a result, about five lakh residents of the upazila are being deprived of getting proper health services.
The new building was handed over to the health complex authorities after the health engineering department constructed it at a cost of Tk 6.80 crore last year.
After upgradation of the health complex, 10 consultant physicians, 19 medical officers, 15 nurses and eight office staff along with adequate operation equipment were supposed to work at the health centre.
But till date the necessary facilities for the 50-bed health complex were not increased, said local sources.
Two ambulances at the health complex also remained inoperative. Of them, one did not run in the last 16 years while the other out of order for last one month.
In the upazila, there are also eight sub-health centres and 12 health and family planning welfare centres. At those health centres, there are only two doctors although they have 21 posts of physicians.
Upazila family planning officer Dr Mohammad Sadeq Mia told the news agency that their repeated appeals to the authorities concerned to solve the problems went unheeded.

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