Call to bring all people under health coverage


RAJSHAHI, April 7, 2018 (BSS)- Speakers at a post-rally discussion here today unequivocally called for bringing all people under health coverage for their betterment.

They mentioned access to getting health services is fundamental rights of all people so utmost importance should be given on ensuring the services.

Civil Surgeon Office organised the discussion on the office premises to mark the World Health Day-2018. “Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere” was the main theme of the day.

Various non-government development and voluntary organisations like Dascoh, Damien Foundation, Light House, BRAC, FPAB and Ashakta Punarbashan Sangstha (APOSH) joined the rally and discussion for marking the day.

Divisional Director of Health Dr Anisur Rahman, Assistant Director Ismat Ara, Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Enamul Haquee, Chief Health Officer of Rajshahi City Corporation Dr Anjuman Ara Begum, BRAC District Representative Jahedul Islam, APOSH Executive Director Abul Bashar and Tilottoma Project Manager Abjalur Rashid addressed the discussion, among others.

The speakers stressed the need for reaching healthcare services to the doorstep of rural people as they are totally dependent on public hospitals for emergency health service and that is why the present government is committed to reach healthcare services to them.

Infusing more dynamism into the essential service delivery activities of community clinics has become indispensable for ensuring healthcare services to the marginalized communities for their betterment.

They viewed the district and upazila level officials and others concerned should put in their level best efforts so that the grassroots people can derive total benefits of the community clinics.

Dr Anisur Rahman said the present government is very much sincere about reaching the healthcare services towards the peoples’ doorstep and it has been working relentlessly to attain the cherished goal.

“Reactivation and revitalization of the community clinics is great achievement of the present government,” he added.

Dr Rahman said the government has appointed 6,500 doctors in 2014 and it has a plan to appoint 10,000 more doctors in the near future.

Problem of nurses has already been resolved through appointment of 10,000 nurses, he added.