The Prime Minister said this while addressing the 13th Convocation of Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS) at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh in the capital.
She said whenever Awami League formed government it gave priority to development of healthcare services. But, it was a matter of regret that the BNP-Jamaat alliance government, out of vengeance, had closed all the community clinics set up by the Awami League government, she added.
The Prime Minister said the facilities for specialised treatment in medical colleges as well as divisional and district hospitals have been enhanced.
She urged the physicians to provide medical services to patients properly. "We know a patient recovers half with the good behaviour of a doctor. This is a noble vow. You have to provide medical treatment to people in distress."
The Prime Minister, however, said she knows it very well that it is very hard to provide medicare services to the country's 16 crore population with a small of number of physicians and nurses. "This is a huge pressure on you I know. Doctors in developed countries never take such a tremendous pressure, but physicians in Bangladesh do that as our people have some extraordinary human qualities."
Talking about some diseases that are posing a threat to human lives a lot, Sheikh Hasina said cancer and diseases related to heart, kidney and children are emerging as big threats. "We've to set up good hospitals for treating those diseases -- first in divisional headquarters and then at district level. We want to decentralise medical facilities."
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim spoke at the occasion as the special guest, while BCPS President Prof M Sanawar Hossain delivered the convocation speech and BCPS vice president
Professor M Ruhul Amin gave the vote of thanks. Past BCPS President Prof SAM Golam Kibiria gave the welcome address.
Earlier, the Prime Minister, wearing a convocation gown, entered the venue by leading a convocation procession.