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Health minister Zahid Maleque said on Sunday that about 22 per cent doctors still remain absent at their workplace. - A home for your website

Speaking at Children’s Day programme of Directorate General of Health Services, he said the absence of doctors at workplace is ruining the image of health services in Bangladesh.

’Wherever I go, I have to face the question about the quality of health services, but I cannot satisfy them,’ he said at the programme held at Institute of Public Health and Nutrition.

Zahid said the ministry formed a monitoring committee about the doctors’ absence as he found the presence of doctors was merely a half of the existing 78 per cent few months ago.

’Please ensure your presence at workplace,’ he called on the doctors, adding, ’It will bring huge reputation in health services in the country.’

The minister also asked the doctors to ensure quality services at hospitals with the best use of the available facilities.

He asked to hospital authorities to ensure cleanliness, beds, medicines and proper waste management.

Zahid said he expect to make the health ministry as the best ministry in Bangladesh by next five years.

’I want the people of the country certify us that the health ministry is the best ministry,’ he said.

’Please work with sincerity and with a mind of sacrifice to serve the nation as Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman did for the people,’ he urged the doctors.

Zahid said the nutrition status of children in Bangladesh is still ’much poor’.

’The rates of stunting, wasting and other indicators of children tell that we have much to do,’ he said.

Presenting an overview of child nutrition in Bangladesh, National Nutrition Services programme manager SM Mustafizur Rahman said the rate of child stunting is 31 per cent, the rate of underweight is 22 per cent and the rate of wasting is 8 per cent.

Health secretary Asadul Islam, DGHS director general Abul Kalam Azad, among others, spoke.