Hospital without OT facilities for 30 years!
Gournadi Upazila Health Complex in the district has been running without operation services for the last 30 years, depriving the patients of surgery for lack of an anesthetist and equipment.
Besides, the problem-ridden health complex faced shortage of physicians, beds and medicines, lack of modern diagnostic facilities, ambulance service and absence of isolation ward.
The hospital was set up in 1987 with 32 beds and upgraded to a 50-bed one five years ago.
On average, 100 to 150 patients come to the hospital from far-flung areas of the district daily, but they do not get proper treatment and facilities. Critical patients are referred to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) in Barisal city. Patients who need surgery have to go to another hospital or a private clinic due to lack of equipment in the complex.
The hospital has two operation theatres but they are not functioning, said Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Dr SM Kabir Hasan, adding that there is no diathermy machine and the only X-ray machine is damaged. Even the doors and windows of the operation theatres have remained broken for many years, he added.
There is no anesthetist in the hospital, so we have not been able to perform surgery for 30 years, Dr Kabir added.
There are only 10 physicians out of 21 posts, and only two specialist doctors out of seven posts, he said, adding that the posts of surgical consultant, anesthetist, cardiologist, dermatologist, eye-specialist, ENT specialist and child specialist have been lying vacant for a long time. There is no orthopedic surgeon here, he said.
Patients coming to the hospital for surgical treatment are advised to go to SBMCH or to a clinic due to lack of surgical consultant in the hospital, said Kazal Das Gupta, a patient.
“We have sent a proposal to the health ministry to activate the operation theatres soon,” Kabir said.