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Doctors skip private practice amid fear

Thousands go without treatment as clinics, chambers remain mostly shut
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Doctors skip private practice amid fear

Most private clinics and doctors' chambers in the capital have either remained closed or simply unattended following the coronavirus pandemic, putting thousands of people in dire trouble. Though some leading diagnostic centres remain open, only a few doctors are available at those healthcare facilities.

An official of Ibne Sina Diagnostic Centre said they did not shut down their outlets, but doctors stayed away from their chambers.

Some doctors, however, told The Independent, they are attending their chambers even during the ongoing lockdown across the country.

Sources say there are about 6,500 private clinics and hospitals across the country. Among them, about 800 are in Dhaka, Narayanganj, and Gazipur.

A senior doctor of Dhaka Medical College Hospital said most of the doctors are not going to their chambers.

Many doctors were avoiding patients coming with fever, cold, and cough—the typical symptoms of the coronavirus, he added. The doctor also said there is not sufficient space in most chambers to maintain enough distance with

spatients.  It is not mandatory for them to open their chambers every day, he added.

He suggested that patients without symptoms of the coronavirus should follow their previous prescriptions for the time being.

Dr Barkat Ullah, a doctor attached to the National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital, said patients can take medical advice over the telephone.

They can also seek such advice through email and video conferencing at this critical moment. In emergency cases, patients should visit major hospitals in the city, he added.

Lutfor Rahman Kakon used to consult a paediatrician in Narayanganj for his child. But the doctor has kept his chamber shut from March 25. “Doctors are now scared of contracting the virus. The government should provide them with logistic support and safety. They should be encouraged to continue their duties at this critical hour,” he said.

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