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DMCH In perpetual neglect

Photos by Amirul Rajiv

There is a recurrent theme to the stories we write and the pictures we capture about Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). There is an all-too-obvious shortage of space, doctors, facilities and nurses in what should be a well-funded and well-maintained public healthcare institution. The damp and dreary halls of DMCH reek of foul smells – an amalgamation of medicines, blood, waste products and unmentionable liquids. People from all over Bangladesh struggle to establish their claims over any available inch of space in the halls and wards. The patients are forced to live in almost inhumane conditions, amid chaos, irregularities, unhygienic practices and medical negligence. Despite its limitations, DMCH remains one of the most accessible healthcare facilities for people from all over Bangladesh who cannot afford the luxuries of private hospitals. It is time that concerned authorities ensure better management of resources at DMCH and allocate more budget towards the improvement of public healthcare.

Debris and wastes pile up in the halls, right beside patients waiting for a decent bed.

Many patients have to wait for days for proper care and treatment.

In the absence of doctors, patients themselves turn into experts trying to diagnose their own problems.

Patient asked to stand at the door, while the doctor prescribes a treatment.
People from all over Bangladesh come to DMCH for treatment. They have no choice but to wait on the corridors till someone comes and takes notice.


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