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Catholic physicians combat lack of medical care
Country has only half the practitioners neededA girl in Dhaka receives a medical check-up
- ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
- September 6, 2012
More than 130 patients received free medical check-ups and prescriptions at the Church-run Bottomley Homes Orphanage in the city's TejgaonÂ district.
â€śIn overpopulated Bangladesh it is really tough for the government to offer medical services to everyone.â€ť said ABCD secretary Dr. Edward Pallab Rozario. â€śPrivate doctors need to find some time to offer free services.â€ť
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the countryâ€™s medical practitioners are capable of serving only 54 percent of the countryâ€™s more than 152 million people.
There are 0.28 registered doctors per 1,000 people in Bangladesh, according to the ABCD.
â€śI feel every doctor, government or private, should have some social responsibility,â€ť Rozario said. â€śThe government spends so much money in the making of a doctor. Besides professional services, they need to pay back the debt by helping the government.â€ť
ABCD was set up in 2008 with support from Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Episcopal Commission for Health Care. It has 85 members and organizes free medical camps and distributes free medicine to poor and destitute people across the country throughout the year.
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