The stoppage of supply of low-cost heart rings has affected hospitals in the capital. Only three institutes are operating with imported rings. Many patients are turning away due to lack of affordability. If the supply of rings is not normal, the doctors fear a serious situation. They urged for quick talks to resolve the impasse.
The relatives were talking about the patient’s treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). Relatives, who did not want to be named, said that the patient needed to wear a ring as a heart block was detected. Forced to save their lives, they agree to use expensive rings.
The doctors said that they can only give expensive rings imported from the United States. In such a reality, 10 to 15 surgeries are being performed a day. Due to financial crisis, many people are unable to take treatment. The situation is the same in Dhaka Medical College Hospital, one of the biggest in the country.
Associate Professor of Cardiology Department of BSMMU Dr. SM Yar E Mahbub says patients who can’t afford it, need one or two rings and are looking for a lower price are being turned away.
Yar e Mahbub said, ‘We are not able to supply them with low price rings. It is painful for them. We need to get out of this problem.’
Director of Dhaka Medical College Hospital Brigadier General Nazmul Haque said that thousands of people wear rings. In this case, when depending on a country, the price may change. There may also be supply shortages. In this case, those issues are coming forward.
The director of Dhaka Medical College Hospital said that the operation is going on with only 3 company rings. But if fast delivery is not normal there will be major impact.
BSMMU authorities say that the government should look into how the price of a ring of 40 thousand rupees in India is about 1.5 lakh rupees in the country. Besides, it is important to discuss all parties to solve the crisis.
BSMMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Sharfuddin Ahmed said that any company should have a fixed price. And all parties should sit to solve the crisis. No deadlock should be created.
To prevent anarchy, on December 16, the Department of Medicines Administration re-fixed the prices of all types of rings. However, without complying with this rule, 24 companies importing from Europe announced the stoppage of supply from the next day.