Mentioning that the first and foremost duty of a physician is to serve the humanity, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed the hope that they will not forget their duty under any circumstance.
She said this in her pre-recorded video message played at the First International e-Conference on Critical Care-2020 organised by Bangladesh Society of Anesthesiologists virtually.
The prime minister said united efforts and the hard-labour of physicians and health workers can contain the spread of the deadly virus in Bangladesh. "So far, we’re lucky that both the infection and mortality rates of the disease are very low in Bangladesh. We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to prevent the further spread of the disease in the coming days," she said.
She said the government has appointed 2,000 doctors, 5,000 nurses and medical technologist on an urgent basis to face the coronavirus situation.
Sheikh Hasina said a good number of physicians, including some anesthesiologists, died of Covid-19 while discharging their duties.
The prime minister said the government has given utmost importance to improving the country’s healthcare service. "We truly believe that getting healthcare is the basic rights of a citizen. So, we’ve widened the treatment facilities at government hospitals by adding additional beds, recruiting doctors and other health staff."
She mentioned that the government has set up a number of new specialised hospitals in the country in the last couple of years. The private sector has also come up in a big way in this area.
She said about 18,000 community clinics and Union Health Centres set up by the government have been providing primary healthcare services to rural people. Patients are getting 30 types of free medicine.