PEOPLE in Bangladesh can now take medicare for free from doctors working in the government health centres. For this, a mobile phone has been given to each district and sub-district hospital of Bangladesh. The number of these mobile phones have been publicised locally already. The numbers are also given in the website of the Directorate General of Health Services (WWW.DGHS.GOV.BD).
Doctors receive calls on these numbers for 24 hours. Local people can receive free health suggestions by calling these numbers without needing to go to hospitals in person. This service has created opportunity for rich and poor people alike living particularly in rural areas to get medical advice.
Medical advice now may be instantly available no matter whether it is late at night or early in the morning. For conditions where patients do not need to go to hospitals, they can do so by taking medical advice through mobile phones. Many people go to out-patient department hospitals. It often becomes difficult to provide service with limited manpower and medicine. If health service through mobile phone gets wide publicity, a lot of people will be able to get immense help from their residence.
Md. Zahid Hasan
East West University