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|Volume 10 |Issue 43 | November 18, 2011 ||
DMCH In perpetual neglect
Photos by Amirul Rajiv
There is a recurrent theme to the stories we write and the pictures we capture about Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). There is an all-too-obvious shortage of space, doctors, facilities and nurses in what should be a well-funded and well-maintained public healthcare institution. The damp and dreary halls of DMCH reek of foul smells – an amalgamation of medicines, blood, waste products and unmentionable liquids. People from all over Bangladesh struggle to establish their claims over any available inch of space in the halls and wards. The patients are forced to live in almost inhumane conditions, amid chaos, irregularities, unhygienic practices and medical negligence. Despite its limitations, DMCH remains one of the most accessible healthcare facilities for people from all over Bangladesh who cannot afford the luxuries of private hospitals. It is time that concerned authorities ensure better management of resources at DMCH and allocate more budget towards the improvement of public healthcare.
Debris and wastes pile up in the halls, right beside patients waiting for a decent bed.
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