We cannot go without oxygen even for a minute. Likewise, light, wind, water and food are all essential for being alive. Access to health services is our fundamental right. The British introduced allopathic treatment in 1700 A.D. The British rulers introduced modern treatment in our subcontinent in their own interest. So, different kinds of hospitals and clinics have been built. After the Liberation War in 1971 Bangladesh got different kinds of donation and help from foreign countries for building different facilities. In our country now there are 24 govt. medical colleges and hospitals and 55 non-government medical colleges and hospitals. Many general hospitals and clinics have been built. On the other hand, Bangladeshi doctors and nurses are in high demand in countries in Middle East. Bangladeshi medicines are being exported to countries in Europe, Russia, Ceylon, Nepal and Middle East. Many unemployed people are getting jobs in this sector.
Today the medical science has developed to a great extent. The nanotechnology is now there in the medical science. Patients undergo different tests for the sake of better diagnosis of diseases. Services like e-health, m-health, tele health, tele dermatology, tele pathology, tele pharmacy etc are now available there. Through tele conferencing and video conferencing high-resolution pictures, audio files and real size videos can be transferred for the sake of better diagnosis of diseases. By sending only a patient's record it is now easy to get the prescription from a doctor.
Bangladesh has come a long way in addressing different kinds of diseases. Treatment of cardiovascular diseases, angiogram, angioplasty, bypass surgery etc done here are now of the international standard. Lasic surgery of eyes, sewing without surgery of eyes, cancer, micro surgery of ear, kidney transplant, test-tube baby all are now possible in our country. Whenever any modern medical technology is developed in any other country, the doctors in Bangladesh also can practise that.
However, the training of a doctor is necessary so that he can learn easily how to use the modern technology. The rich people who are patriotic should come forward to help develop our medical technology. A student gets admitted to a medical college to serve the nation. But after their passing out, they get involved in business. This kind of mentality should be shun.
In our country about 90 per cent people cannot afford the high medical costs. They are not able to go to a private doctor. If they fail to get proper treatment, that will leave a telling effect on our mental and physical health. Sound health is necessary for building a nation the right way. For ensuring sound health-both psychological and physical, the government should come forward with more proper plans. Otherwise, the future of the nation will be in jeopardy.
There is a proverb--"Allah helps those who help themselves" In our country the government hospitals' services are not that much better. In Bangladesh the law ensures equality of all. So, every citizen should enjoy equal rights in all areas. These rights must be upheld. Those, who fight for establishing these rights are simply great.
In government hospitals any VIP phone seeking favour for any patient is undesirable. Inertia of any doctor, misbehaviour of a nurse and any wrong test also are equally undesirable. But these often happen. The government should be more alert about this. Polluted blood, date-expired rings, inactive kidneys are used during operations in some cases. When a doctor resorts to this practice, he turns a devil, not a man. The profession of a doctor is a noble one. A doctor must go by some ethics. The condition of a patient should not be made known to all. Giving rise to a sense of fear and frustration among the patients is not the duty of a noble doctor. We have to uphold values and morality in our society. The behaviour of a doctor, nurse or ward boy should not be like what hurts anybody. There is a proverb- "When money is lost, nothing is lost, when wealth is lost, something is lost, but when the character is lost, everything is lost." Those who are in the habit of not adhering to principles that matter should change their mindset. They must be patriotic. There should be an initiative to teach them medical ethics and establish a medical control board. Otherwise the people will continue to be deprived of their access to better health services.
The writer is a lecturer of Philosophy at the Ispahani University College, Keraniganj, Dhaka