Bangladesh Govt Bans Photo-Video in Public Hospitals

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry in Bangladesh issued a gazette notification, signed by Health Services Division’s Deputy Secretary Md Abu Rayhan Miah, imposing the Photo Video bans for all public hospitals in Bangladesh from Sunday 12 January, 2020.

From now on, one cannot collect information, take photos or film videos from any government or public hospitals in Bangladesh without the approval from its authorities.

Moreover, one should to take permission from the hospital authorities before publishing any information gathered.

Copies of the gazette notification was sent to all the director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the directors of all medical college hospitals and directors of all specialized hospitals.

Directors of all hospitals and clinics, all divisional health directors, civil surgeons, and upazila health complex and family planning officers were also sent the copies.

Dubbed as “Visitor management at government hospitals,” the gazette notification said: “The government is aimed at providing quality healthcare at all government hospitals.

“It is mandatory to control the visitors of patients, for safe treatment since their lack of health-related knowledge and poor orientation to prevent diseases and germs affects the congenial atmosphere of treatment,” it said.

“Considering the situation, the authorities of all government hospitals and health institutes are asked to take proper measures,” the gazette notification added.   

Outsiders or visitors have been asked to take permission from the authorities of any hospital before gathering information for research, study or any other purposes including that for running news.

They were also instructed to contact the hospital authorities regarding the validity of the information or news collected.

The gazette notification also imposed a ban on snapping photos and recording videos of patients and healthcare services at the hospitals without prior approval.

One has to receive consent from the hospital authorities before publishing any information gathered.

The health ministry in the gazette notification demanded that visitors’ passes be introduced at every hospital, and recommended introducing refundable security deposit against each pass.

The ministry also suggested registering the attendants’ names, addresses, cell numbers and reasons for visiting patients.

A patient can have maximum two attendants; that too, considering his or her physical condition.   

The gazette notification also asked all physicians, nurses and other staff members of the hospitals to their carry ID cards hanging in their aprons while on duty.