Bangladesh and the Maldives have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will strengthen the collaborative effort of improvement in health sector. Apart from this, the Maldives has achieved most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) like welfare of women and children and now it is chalking out a master plan covering the issues of health, disaster management, creating awareness among the masses by improving their lifestyle. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Observer Maldives Minister for Health Hussain Rasheed has talked about the above issues from the perspective of South-East Asia.
Observer: How well can Maldives and Bangladesh collaborate in fighting against diseases?
Hussain Rasheed : If you look at the regional perspective of South-East Asia, it has the highest disease burden, disease pattern and non-communicable diseases. With this paradigm shift we need to have strong collaboration and partnership.
We have been discussing cooperative healthcare since 2012 and now has reached to an agreement. We have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will bring a difference in our collaborative efforts. The MoU will cover sectors of human resource management for health, capacity of development, medical and paramedical support.
Under the agreement, physicians of both the countries will exchange their experiences and knowledge to improve the healthcare system in the two countries while students of the Maldives will get opportunities to get admitted to medical and nursing collages in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh can also export medicine to the Maldives, while the island nation can hire physicians and nurses from Bangladesh.
Observer: How do you evaluate Maldives progress in combating diseases especially those affecting children and women?
Hussain Rasheed: We have similar health issues emerging in the South- Asian region because of the ignorant lifestyle of the mass the threat of the non- communicable diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, hypertension and stroke are increasing.
Observer: Please give your overall assessment on the present status of health development. How is it doing compared to other regional countries?
Hussain Rasheed : As a region, we have achieved a lot, we have eliminated polio, apart from that, with most of the non-communicable diseases we have achieved the MDG goals, we are now doing well and it is not fair to compare our
situation with others,
we should judge form global perspective as a region.