Youth volunteers change healthcare scenario
Some volunteers of Red Crescent are trying to bring a positive change by their participation in assisting the patients at different hospitals of capital Dhaka.
There are 16 youths working in two shifts at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital, 10 at Holy Family Hospital, eight at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, four at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and four at Birdem Hospital in the city.
Arafat Yasin, who along with five other Red Crescent volunteers works in the evening shift at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital, told The Daily Star that they work mostly in the pathology department.
“We try to assist the patients who has no one to help or who face problems in getting their pathology test reports,” said Arafat, a Diploma Engineer from Dhaka Polytechnic Institute.
“We also try to help particularly those patients who lose tracking numbers or are too old,” he said. “The satisfaction we get after helping those who are in need of our help is the one and only a reward we seek for,” he added. Five other youths -- Mahfuzur Rahman Mehedy, Jumaan Hossain, Mohiuddin Raju, Mostak Ahmed and Sabbir work at the hospital from 2:00pm to 8:00pm everyday.
Apart from them, some volunteers are working at other areas of the city like Sadarghat launch terminal. They are there for helping patients travelling for their destination, Arafat said. Arafat recalled one of the incidents, when a 70-year-old man and his companion were in utter distress as they could not think of a way to board him in a launch with his wheelchair.
Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital's Director Prof Uttam Kumar Barua said that these youths have brought a positive change for the hospital by assisting the patients.
The hospital has manpower crisis at the pathology department and their participation has made this section faster than before, he added.