Health Desk: 05 March 2018: The health ministry will recruit 10,000 physicians for posting them to district and upazila levels before the parliamentary elections this year.
“Five thousand doctors will be recruited in two to three months and the other 5,000 before the elections this year,” Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim said at a meeting with the press on Sunday.
Nasim told reporters that the government is considering providing motor cars to the physicians posted at upazila levels.
Aside from recruiting physicians, the health ministry will also recruit 40,000 third and fourth-class employees at public hospitals by this year to ensure cleanliness in the facilities, the minister said.
On high out of pocket (OOP) expenditure (health spending of an individual), which is 64 percent in Bangladesh, Nasim said inadequate public fund for healthcare and an increasing number of patients inflicting diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiac diseases have been contributing to the rise in the OOP.
In its attempt to reduce individual spending for healthcare, the government is conducting a pilot project on health insurance in three upazilas of Tangail, he said, adding that once the project is successful, the scheme might be replicated throughout the country.
BMA President Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin, BMA Secretary-General Dr. Ehteshamul Huq Choudhury, Additional Secretary Habibur Rahman Khan of the health ministry, BHRF President Toufiq Maruf and BHRF Secretary Nikhil Mankhin also spoke.