The government is going to take stern action against the authorities of 31 private clinics and diagnostic centres in the district as they failed to apply online for their license renewal in time.
Amid the pandemic, the government took an attempt to regularise activities of private clinics and diagnostic centres by applying online for renewal of license. Health directorate in a directive on August 9 asked all private clinics and diagnostic centers throughout the country to apply online for renewal of licenses by August 23 after gross irregularities were detected in this sector. The government is now struggling to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Civil surgeon (CS) office in Nilphamari revealed that out of total 106 private clinics and diagnostic centres in the district, only 75 have applied for license renewal before the deadline while the rest ignored the directive.
Since the pandemic started in Bangladesh, private clinics and diagnostic centres unofficially stopped their regular services, causing immense sufferings to people.
In the challenging time, even some private hospitals in the capital and big cities like Regent Hospital in Dhaka indulge in malpractice to make money taking opportunity of the unusual health situation.
Dr Mujibul Islam Shahin, general secretary of the district unit private practitioner association, said a good number of private clinics and diagnostic centres in Nilphamari are now running illegally as there are no infrastructural facilities in the clinics and centres.
A written complaint was even lodged to CS a few months ago against a private clinic in Domar upazila bringing allegation that a ward boy in absence of a gynecologist conducted seizure operation on a pregnant woman, leading to her death, he added.
Vice President of Nilphamari unit of private clinics and diagnostic centres Golam Mostofa said the government's decision to apply for license renewal is a positive step to regularise health service in private sector.
Contacted, CS Alamgir Kabir said as per higher authority's directive, he was visiting private clinics and diagnostic centres to see their practical condition.
They are going to take stern action against the authorities of 31 private clinics and diagnostic centers in Nilphamari as they ignored the directive of health directorate, he said.