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Manpower crisis in Nangalkot Upazila Health Complex

Belal Hossain Riaz, Comilla: Nangalkot Upazila Health Complex residents of Nangalkot are suffering due to manpower crisis. The 50-bed Upazila Health Complex is the main lighthouse for the health services of more than 5 lakh people in Nangalkot Upazila. This ‘lighthouse’, which provides proper health care to a large population of a municipality and 16 unions, is currently plagued by various problems. Over the years, the health complex has had more than 50 vacancies. Due to the extreme shortage of manpower, the hospital is somehow being patched up. As a result, patients coming from remote areas of the upazila are being deprived of improved health services in different hospitals in Comilla and Dhaka. Meanwhile, the X-ray machine at the health complex has been crippled for nearly 19 years due to a manpower crisis. Besides, the new ECG machine has not been running for the last 8 years due to the same problem.

Visiting the Upazila Health Complex on the spot, it was learned that the X-ray machine which had been crippled for the last 19 years could not be started yet. The higher authorities have been informed in writing numerous times for recruitment of manpower. However, nothing worked. Besides, ECG machine was installed in this health complex several years ago but it could not be commissioned due to lack of manpower. As a result, the patients and doctors who come to the Upazila Health Complex for medical treatment are also facing difficulties. According to sources, the 31-bed health complex was upgraded to 50 beds in 2005. At that time a hospital building and several residential buildings were constructed at a cost of about eight crore rupees. The 50-bed health complex was officially inaugurated in late 2005. But even at that time the X-ray machine of the health complex could not be started due to various problems including manpower.

According to hospital sources, the biggest problem of this hospital is the manpower crisis. In contrast to the total 20 posts, about half a hundred officer-employee posts have been lying vacant for years. Due to which it is not possible to provide proper service to the patients despite the desire. However, the biggest crisis is the third and fourth class employees. So the problem of the patients is getting more pronounced. At least 10 patients, including Shariful Islam, Humayun Kabir and Ayesha Akhter, who came here for treatment, said that pregnant women, patients with various injuries or fractures were forced to stay at the hospital as X-rays and ECG machines were not available. These tests have to be done by going to various private clinics and hospitals which have developed like a frog’s umbrella. And on this occasion, the clinic traders and brokers took large sums of money from the patients.

Asked about this, Nangalkot Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Dr. Devdas Dev said, “We have almost all the machines in the hospital.” But those who will run these are not there. The biggest problem in this health complex is the manpower crisis. In particular, most of the posts of third and fourth class employees have been lying vacant for a long time. However, even after such a crisis, we are somehow serving the patients. Comilla District Civil Surgeon. Md. Mir Mubarak Hossain said that recruitment of manpower has been stopped by the government for a long time. Due to which these problems are not being solved. We have recently asked the authorities in writing to recruit manpower. He said that if manpower is recruited centrally, there will be a manpower crisis in the health complex along with the rest of the country. And he hopes to solve the problem soon.

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