A three-decked boat hospital has been traversing Bangladesh’s waterways for over two decades, providing specialized healthcare services to people in remote areas. Jibontari, as it is known, has so far treated over seven lakh people in thirty-two locations across twenty-two districts. The boat hospital has been anchoring at various riverside points with qualified doctors and nurses on board, bringing relief to people suffering from various ailments but unable to access medical services due to a variety of factors. It has also performed surgical procedures on over 50,000 people.
Aside from standard care, the boat hospital has performed over 50,000 surgeries in the fields of eye, ENT, orthopedics, and cleft lip and palate. On numerous occasions, surgeons from various countries performed the surgical procedures. In addition, they trained local doctors and nurses. The vessel was built at Narayanganj dockyard under the supervision of a well-known British naval architect, with initial funding from the Impact Foundation in the United Kingdom. The vessel Jibontari is still operating at full capacity, supplementing the government’s healthcare inclusion services in the country.
Jibontari’s efforts must be of the highest caliber. Without a doubt, efforts like this are likely to aid in improving the country’s healthcare inclusiveness.