Illegal health establishments: One of them even served as embassies

Located in the upscale district of the capital, Baridhara, Wahab Medical Practice carries out medical assessments of people traveling to Western countries, its website says.

The US and Australian Embassies list this clinic on their websites as an approved health facility where individuals can obtain their medical evaluations required for visa applications.

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The clinic’s website says it has been in business for nearly 30 years.

But it was found neither in the government’s list of approved hospitals nor in the list of hospitals with pending approval requests.

Officials said the facility had no permission from the health directorate and only yesterday applied for a license from the directorate.

Despite repeated attempts, The Daily Star was unable to reach the heights of Wahab Medical Practice.

On Wednesday, the DGHS in a meeting decided to close all unauthorized health establishments by yesterday afternoon.

Last night, 44 establishments requested authorization from the General Directorate of Health Services (DGHS).

Officials said several unauthorized health facilities were closed yesterday in all districts across the country.

DGHS plans to hold a press conference today on the nationwide crackdown on unauthorized private health organizations.

“We wanted to give everyone a strict message. The 72-hour ultimatum worked very well; they [owners of unauthorised facilities] are leaking,” Professor Ahmedul Kabir, the additional director general of the DGHS, told the Daily Star yesterday.

The DGHS said it is cracking down on healthcare facilities that have not even applied for registration or renewal of expired licenses.

The deadline for applying for license renewal was yesterday afternoon.

Health officials began running the nationwide campaign since Thursday. In many districts, those in charge of unauthorized facilities have suspended their services and fled.

“We closed down three establishments, which had no license, and issued an ultimatum to three others to renew their license. But many more fled as soon as they saw us,” Awliad said. Hossain, head of health and family planning at Chuadanga Sadar.

Health officials in Natore closed eight unauthorized private health organizations yesterday, our correspondent reports.

Facilities include Central Diagnostic Center Padma Clinic, Prime Diagnostic Center, Tamanna Digital Diagnostic Center, Medina Eye Hospital, Phaco Eye Clinic and Center, and Patient Diagnosis and Consultation Center. Health care.

According to the Natore Civil Surgeon’s Office, there are about 40 out of 200 unauthorized private health facilities in the district.

Yesterday, Tangail health officials shut down three healthcare organizations and fined three others, our correspondent reports.

According to the Tangail Civil Surgeon Office, a total of 181 out of about 300 private clinics and hospitals in the district were unlicensed.

Under the Medical Practice and Private Clinics and Laboratories (Regulations) Order 1982, private healthcare providers must be licensed by the DGHS.

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