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Negligence to patients not acceptable, warns PM

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UNB, Dhaka :
Issuing a warning that no negligence to patients to be accepted, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday sharply criticised the physicians who are not available at their work stations at the upazila level.
"We're appointing doctors and nurses as required, but it's regrettable that our doctors don't stay in upazilas, where it's supposed to have 10 doctors in one upazila hospital...only one doctor is found in some areas," she said. The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the Golden Jubilee celebration programme of Sher-e-Bangla Medical College, Barishal through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban.
The government, she said, has upgraded the 31-bed upazila hospitals to 50-bed ones while 100-bed district hospitals to 250-bed ones. She said the government is appointing doctors and other supporting staff accordingly.
"In some places, there're operation theatres, but no doctor, surgeon, anesthetist and nurse! We'll set up institutions and those will remain neglected, how come! This cannot be allowed," she said. The Prime Minister also mentioned that the government is setting up medical colleges and institutions as per the demand and now it is the responsibility and duty of the doctors to provide services to people. "I hope, people will get that service."
The Prime Minister said the government has taken a number of programmes to take medicare facilities to the doorsteps of people. About nuclear energy, Hasina said the government has conducted a survey in some islands of the Barishal areas to set up another nuclear power plant. "I've a plan to establish the next nuclear power plant at an island in this region."  
Hasina said a feasibility study is on to transmit gas through pipeline from Bhola to Barishal where there is gas crisis. "Gas is necessary to build some industries in this area," she said. Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim and State Minister Dr Zahid Maleque also spoke at the programme. From the same videoconference, the Prime Minister inaugurated four modern buildings having 345 flats at Doyaganj and Dholpur City Colony under Dhaka South City Corporation for its cleaning staff. Speaking on the occasion, Hasina said she always treats a person as a human being and shows respect accordingly. "The Father of the Nation taught us this." The government has already taken initiatives to replace the old system of cleaning up the city with modern equipment.

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