A large number of private clinics and diagnostic centres have sprung up at Mirzapur upazila, violating the government rules.
Despite the presence of 750-bed Kumudini Hospital as well as an upazila health complex, around 30 private clinics and diagnostic centres have been opened at the upazila headquarters and Pakulla, Jamurki, Gorai, Deohata and Bashtoil areas in the last few years, locals said.
Many of the clinics and diagnostic centres do not have license, fulltime doctors or trained nurses, they said, adding that the private clinics that have licenses do not renew them regularly.
A mobile court launched a drive against three such private clinics and diagnostic centres on Monday and realised Tk 80,000 in total as fine from them for different allegations.
Executive Magistrate also Assistant Commissioner (land) in Mirzapur, Asgar Hossain led the drive along with Upazila Health Officer Dr Md Shahrier Sajjad.
The court fined Al Madina Clinic and Diagnostic Centre at the upazila headquarters Tk 20,000 for not renewing its license, unhygienic environment and hiring untrained nurses.
The court fined Bikash Hospital Tk 10,000 on charge of having more beds than the approved number.
The court also fined Rangdhanu Clinic and Diagnostic Centre at Gorai Tk 50,000 for not having a resident doctor and trained nurses, unhygienic environment, and for not renewing its license.
The executive magistrate told this correspondent that the private clinics and diagnostic centres were fined under Section 9 of Medical Practice and Private Clinics and Laboratories Ordinance of 1982 and Section 62 of Consumer Rights Protection Act of 2009.
The owners of the private clinics and diagnostic centres were also ordered to ensure proper treatment facilities, he said, adding that such drives will be launched every week against the local private clinics and diagnostic centres.