Community clinics bring boon for rural people, providing free medicines: Nasim
Community clinics have turned into blessing for rural people of the country as it provides medicines free of cost to reach government sponsored health care services at the doorsteps of the people.
"Some 32 types of medicines are being provided at free of cost to the people across the country under auspices of the community clinics which are the brainchild of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim told BSS.
Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) regularly monitors the community clinics so that the rural people can get the medical services properly as the people are getting the basic healthcare services at the village level, he said. Community clinics now appeared as an example in the developing country's of the world, he added.
Officials familiar with the project said a total of 13,861 community clinics are offering healthcare services, including giving suggestions on health, family planning and nutrition along with distributing 32 kinds of medicines free of cost across the country. The government has also a plan of setting up 1029 more community clinics across the country.
About 62.57 crore patients have taken health services from the community clinics since its journey in 2000. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the clinics by inaugurating the Dimadanga Community Clinic at Patgati union of the Tungipara upazila in Gopalganj district on April 26 in 2000.
Healthcare Provider of Baraigram upazila sadar community clinic in Natore Uzzal Kumar said the poor people of the country are getting healthcare services properly through the community clinics. -BSS