Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday issued a strongly-worded warning to physicians and asked them to provide timely service to the people who need great care of their health.
“You [doctors] have to deliver timely service to the people or you won’t get promotion. Even you may be terminated from the service,” she said while addressing an introductory speech at health ministry.
“A huge amount of money is spent to make a physician and the amount comes from the people’s pockets,” Hasina mentioned emphatically.
Laying importance on rendering service to the people, she said they assumed office to provide the people services smoothly. “The service should reach every doorstep.”
Listing various government steps to increase manpower in the health sector, the premier directed the authorities concerned to ensure appointment at new hospitals.
She emphasised physicians’ stay in villages to ensure proper medicare to the rural masses. “Appoint physicians in their respective areas to create a kind of pressure on them by the locals.”
Hasina also called for effective measures to resolve nurse shortages. “There has been an acute crisis of nurses. To this end, elderly women may be appointed for the posts by relaxing the provision of the law.”
She said burns unit and telemedicine service would be introduced at hospitals in divisional and district headquarters.
“We have been talking about digital Bangladesh. People are now being provided various services digitally,” the PM remarked.
She said her government would set up more medical universities. The country has now a lone medical university—Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
Stressing the need to attach more importance to child hospitals, Hasina said the government has planned to set up a separate child hospital in every division.
“As part of the plan,” she said, “work on establishing child hospitals in Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barisal is going on.”
“There is a separate child ward in every divisional and district hospital. But we should be more careful about the treatment of the children.”
Later, the premier talked about the country’s population.
“Many consider the country’s population as burden… but I don’t think so,” she said, adding that the population should be turned into resources.
Hasina differed with the second part of the country’s population control slogan ‘not more than two, one is better’, saying that the countries that followed such a slogan have turned into the countries of elderly people.
“Those countries now don’t have enough youths and youth workforce. They’ve started changing their slogan and are vying for two-three children instead of one.”
The premier directed the authorities of the ministry concerned to conduct publicity excluding the last part of the slogan ‘one is better’ considering the well-being of the future generation.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim and Health Secretary MN Niazuddin also spoke on the occasion.
State Minister for Health Zahid Malek, PM’s Principal Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder, PMO Secretary Abul Kalam Azad and Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury, among others, were present.- See more at: http://www.daily-sun.com/details_PM-asks-doctors-to-render-proper-medical-service_891_1_2_1_0.html#sthash.LbbkHBGD.dpuf