October 17, 2021, 9:42 pm
Latiful Azam, Kishoreganj Nilphamari : The only 50-bed hospital in Kishoreganj upazila of Nilphamari has been provided with high quality ultrasonograms, X-ray machines and other equipment including anaesthesia machines in the operating theater at a cost of crores taka.
And due to the carelessness, negligence of the authorities, not using these valuable equipments year after year in a haunted environment, the packets have become trapped in the dust and rust. It is learned that the 31-bed hospital built in 1982 was upgraded to 50 beds in 2013. In the 50-bed hospital, 5 modern rooms including a new post operative room were constructed and other equipment including an anesthesia machine was provided to start the operation.
The hospital was closed due to vacancies for anesthesia, gynecology and surgery consultants shortly after the operation theater (OT) for maternity was opened in the early days of its operation. As a result, the pregnant mother is being deprived of emergency and complex services during childbirth as the caesarean operation has been stopped for a long time. Although a new X-ray machine was provided, it was not launched due to lack of technicians. Also the ultrasonogram machine is not working due to lack of sonologist. At present, the 50-bed hospital does not have the manpower of the previous 31 beds.
Upazila Health Complex Officer Dr Abu Shafi Mahmud (in-charge) said, “Even though I have the equipment, I am not able to start the operation theater due to lack of skilled manpower.” There is no specialist surgeon. At present, there is 1 gynecologist consultant and 1 anesthesia doctor, but there is an anaesthesia doctor in the district on deputation. However, the higher authorities are being contacted to start an operation theater with skilled manpower.
District Civil Surgeon Jahangir Kabir said that if the higher authorities are informed about this, he has promised to provide anaesthesia, gynecology and surgery consultant soon. The operation theater will be opened after receiving anesthesia, gynecology and surgery consultants. Asked about the introduction of X-ray machines and ultrasonograms, he said the departmental director has been informed. He said arrangements would be made to launch X-ray machines and ultrasonograms with the posting of technicians and sonologists very soon.