The country currently has one registered physician per 1,847 people while the ratio for a government physician is 1:6,579.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim revealed the information in the parliament on Monday while responding to an unstarred (written) question from treasury bench lawmaker Didarul Alam (Chittagong-4).
He said, "According to the statistics on physicians who were registered with BMDC (Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council), there is a physician (both government and private) per 1,847 people."
The numbers of physicians who are in service under the Health Department are 22,374 against 24,028 posts in total, the minister said.
"So, there is a doctor working in the government health institution against 6,579 people," he added.
UNB quoted Mr Nasim as saying that the country's total population is 158.1 million as per the Sample Vital Registration System (SVRS)-2015.