Healthcare hampered at JU for lack of doctors

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Md. Mahmudul Hasan, JU

Healthcare services at Jahangirnagar University (JU) medical center are being hampered due to various problems, counting lack of doctors and other staffs and ambulance, producing enormous miseries to thousands of students as well as people of the area.

There are only seven doctors out of nine for over 15 thousand students, eight hundred teachers and five hundred employees and their families, medical sources said. Two of the doctors are currently staying abroad making the crisis more complex.

According to the medical sources, there were eight doctors in 2000.“We have no specialized doctors but one eye specialist and three gynecologists. We are serving 25 thousand plus people of the university public and of the nearby area every day with only two wreckage-like ambulances. It’s quite difficult to confirm quality service to the students”, said Dr Mozeza Johura, acting Chief Medical officer.

Medical sources said the post for the Resident Medical Officer (RMO) and anesthetist have been lying vacant at the 31-bed hospital for long, disadvantaged the patients of getting proper treatment .Also, seven posts of health assistants and assistant health inspectors, and the posts of one cashier and one sweeper are still vacant. Also, this 42 years old medical center has no apparatus but only a microscope for diagnosis.

There are also allegations against doctors that they often don’t pay good care to the patients and prescribe common drugs like paracitamol or amoxycilyn to all while just refer to send to Savar Medical Hospital instead of handling special cases.

Bipul Saha , a fourth year student of Accounting and Information Systems, said, “We get ambulance scarcely. When we investigation for ambulance, we are told either engaged

Dr Mozeza Johura said, “How could we be able to handle serious case while there is no minimum equipment for such cases? We are forced to refer to another place for this reason.”

About the drugs, she said, “We a total of 32 types of drugs available in our medical store and these are also inadequate than the demand while only Tk13 lakh have been allotted for medicine purchase in 2016-17 fiscal year in an average of Tk 3561 every 350 patients every day. This could never be adequate here.”

Another medical officer said, ‘A total of Tk12 lakh are collected from the first year students during their admission every year. With that money, it is very easy to manage the necessary equipment step by step.”

Recognizing the fact, JU pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Abul Hossain said, ‘The ratio of students-teachers-staffs and the doctors is not good at all, although we have increased number of visiting doctors recently but these are not necessary. We have placed our demand to the University Grand Commission (UGC) to increase the posts for doctors. We hope we will be able to manage the problem as early as possible.”

About the drugs item and quantity, he said, ‘We purchase drugs according to the university’s annual budget. It is difficult to meet the real demand indeed.”

‘Some medical equipment has already been purchased and will be installed very soon. We hope, healthcare standard will be improved soon”, he added.