22-lakh people get services in Rangpur community clinics annually

Around 22-lakh people are receiving health services with cost-free medicines for common ailments at 309 community
clinics annually those have earned solid confidence of the rural people in the district.

Side by side with providing treatments and medicines, the Community Skilled Birth Attendants (CSBAs) conducted safe delivery of over 600 pregnant mothers at 48 community clinics of the district till last year.

Civil Surgeon of Rangpur Dr Abu Md Zakirul Islam said a trained Community Health Care Provider (CHCP), one Health Assistant and one Family Welfare Assistant, all are trained CSBAs, are working at every community clinic.

The clinics are also providing services on maternal and neonatal healthcare, childhood illness, reproductive health, family planning, health
and nutritional education, micro-nutrient supplements and establishing referral linkage with higher facilities.

“The CHCPs are referring the autistic children and children with special needs to Rangpur Medical College Hospital for specialised treatment to flourish their latent talents,” Dr Islam added.

The community clinics provided treatments and medicines to around 22-lakh people including under-five babies, children, adolescents, men and women in 2018 in the district and the number would be much higher this year.

“In 2017, over 1.61-lakh children, 6.77-lakh male and 13.62-lakh female people received health services with cost free medicines at 309 community clinics in the district,” Dr Islam said.

Talking to BSS, CHCP Shahjada Sarder at Uttarpara Community Clinic in Badarganj upazila said some 18,000 people, including under-five babies, adolescents and pregnant women, received health services and medicines there last year alone.

Talking to BSS at Gokulpur Community Clinic in Sadar upazila on Thursday, CHCP Nazma Khatun some 12,000 patients received health services and cost free medicines there on an average every year since 2015.

“Some 40 patients come to the clinic everyday for treatment. I have already conducted safe deliveries of eleven pregnant mothers and 42 pregnant women are undergoing regular checkups now,” she said.

“We review previous health conditions of a pregnant woman to give her the right services,” Nazma said while narrating as how the maternal and neonatal healthcare services are being provided to rural pregnant women.

Each of the pregnant women gets 30 iron tablets, 30 vitamin B-complex tablets and 30 pieces of calcium lactate tablets for one month from the community clinic soon after confirmation of her pregnancy.

A pregnant woman comes at least four times to the community clinic for regular checkups, or even more times if needed, during her 40-week pregnancy period.

“If any complicacy is noticed during checkups, the CHCPs refer those women to Upazila Health Complex or nearby government hospitals,” Nazma added.

Kusum, 27, of village Chawrapara and Babita, 25, of Hindu Para village told BSS that they recently delivered their sons respectively at Gokulpur Community Clinic safely after undergoing four times regular checkups.

Housewife Fatema, 30, student Nazma, 15, of village Aloyakuri and youth Mohsin, 20, of village Dhanipara and Aklima, 35, of village Chawrapara said they received treatments for common ailments and medicines there.

CHCP Nadira Banu at Uttar Mominpur Community Clinic said she conducted 16 safe deliveries side by side with providing treatments to over 6,650 people there in last one year.

Divisional Director (Health) Dr Amal Krishna Saha said the community clinics have won confidence of the rural people taking necessary health services to their doorsteps and making them satisfied with free health services and medicines.

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