Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday urged the government physicians to restrain themselves from excessive private practice as it make them lose their temper.
"...you need to think how much pressure you can take ...it's quite natural to lose temper when you're doing government jobs all day long and then going for private practice at night," she said.
The prime minister said this while inaugurating the National Institute of Advanced Nursing Education and Research (NIANER), the only institute in the country that will provide higher education on nursing, in the city's Mugda area.
"We've raised the salaries and allowances in government jobs...we've increased it by 123 per cent," she said.
Sheikh Hasina, however, said the number of patients in the country, compared to the number of doctors and nurses, is very high.
"I won't blame you (doctors and nurses), we've got a huge population, you have to take so much pressure...so, it's very tough to tame your temper," she said.
Hasina said the attitude of providing services to patients is the main thing in medical service. "Half the patients feel better when doctors and nurses talk to them politely and with sympathy."
She mentioned that sincerity and responsibility are the most important things in providing medical services to patients.
The prime minister also pointed out the problems of diagnosis in medical services in Bangladesh and said the incidents of wrong diagnosis are there.
Stressing the importance of creating skilled hands in this field, she said, "You just tell us what we need to do...we'll do the rest."
Hasina said it will not be possible to prevent the patients from going to Singapore, Bangkok and India without having a proper diagnosis system in place in the country. "If they can, why can't we? This question crosses my mind repeatedly...we have to do that...we have to provide that standard medical facilities."
The prime minister asked all concerned to gather that experience and strength for providing better medical treatment to patients.
Talking about the just-launched Bangabandhu Satellite-1, she said Bangladesh attained a new height in the world arena with this. "We've upscaled our position in the world as an independent country."
She mentioned that the satellite has been launched from Kennedy Space Center successfully and Bangladesh is now there in the space as well.
Hasina said this dream has been materialised as there is a continuation of power. "The people of the country got their independence through voting for Boat, Awami League could form the government as the people cast their votes for them, the government has taken massive works for the overall development of the country, as a result we've been able to take Bangladesh to the space," she said.
Hasina said the satellite will be used for various works for the country apart from providing entertainment. "This satellite will be very useful in education, entertainment and healthcare, and it will be used during various natural calamities for gathering information."
She said Digital Bangladesh is now getting rich with modern technologies. "We are the 57th country in the world to launch the satellite," she said.
Chaired by health and family welfare minister Mohammad Nasim, the programme was addressed, among others, by state minister for health and family welfare Zahid Maleque, local MP Saber Hossain Chowdhury, and vice president for Global Partnership of KOICA Kyunghoon Sul and secretary M Sirajul Huq Khan.