Health and family welfare minister Mohammed Nasim on Monday said that the present government would formulate a new law for ensuring professional security of physicians as they often faced difficulties at their workplaces.
‘We are thinking of formulating an act to safeguard our doctors so that they could be protected from public harassment… doctors are directly linked to the country’s healthcare sector,’ he said while addressing a function held to mark the joining
of 180 newly appointed doctors under the 36th Bangladesh Civil Service examinations.
Highlighting the role of prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the health sector, Nasim said that the government had already approved a proposal to build four new government medical colleges in Magura, Naogaon, Nilphamari and Netrakona.
‘The present government is committed to taking the healthcare services at the district level. That’s why we have a plan to establish medical colleges in every district,’ he said.
According to the ministry, there were 31 state-run medical colleges in the country. With the four new medical colleges, the number of government medical colleges would now stand at 35.
The health minister also announced a plan to recruit 7,000 doctors by November this year. ‘The doctors will be posted at the upazila level where they have to serve for at least three years,’ he said.
State minister for health and family welfare Zahid Maleque, health services division secretary Md Serajul Huq Khan, Bangladesh Medical Association acting president Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin, Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad secretary general Mohammad Abdul Aziz and Swachip president M Iqbal Arslan also spoke at the function.
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