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50 foreign doctors fined after providing free services

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 01 Mar 2024, 01:42 pm

Dhaka, Mar 1: Fifty doctors came to Bangladesh from Europe to provide free medical services. Even after providing free services, they have been fined. Former Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has expressed his anger over this incident.

This information was given in a press release on Thursday.

He said, a team of 50 foreign doctors was brought by Tafida Rakib Foundation Bangladesh. They will teach advanced medicine free of charge and treat the poor free of charge. According to Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) rules, no foreign doctor can provide treatment in Bangladesh. However, at our special request and with the efforts of the Health Minister, they agreed on one condition. The condition is that the sponsor agency has to pay Tk 13,000 and VAT against each doctor.

Tafida is the name of a British Bangladeshi nine-year-old girl. When the girl was four years old, she fell unconscious and on ventilator in the hospital for several months due to an unknown illness. The British government announced that the girl's machine and ventilator would be disconnected as her parents could not afford the hospital expenses. All over Europe became uproar about this.

Momen said the Italian government then took responsibility for the child. Tafida is now completely healthy and well. Many people raised money for the girl when the British government wanted to remove the girl's ventilator because of money. Tafida Rakib Foundation was established with the money of that charity. Emirates Airlines has provided free of charge plane tickets for the transportation of these 50 expert medical doctors to Bangladesh. Local hotels are offering discounts on their accommodation. But Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) is the only exception.

These foreign doctors are also prohibited from seeing or serving patients free of cost in any hospital of the country or performing demonstration teaching operations. However, a few years ago two Siamese babies named Rokeya and Rabea were successfully treated by the Hungarian government in cooperation with our military (CMH) hospital. A total of around 139 (Bangladeshi and foreign) doctors and associates work in it.