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PM for finding low cost healthcare services
Observer Online Desk
Publish Date : 2014-11-22,  Publish Time : 21:19,  View Count : 12
Urging the faculties of BSMMU to do intense research, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the researchers of medical science must find ways for prevention of new diseases and provide people with low cost healthcare services.

She said healthcare services are a basic right of the people. Only a healthy person can play a role in the nation building activities, and a doctor is the best friend of an ailing person to ensure the basic rights.

The Prime Minister was inaugurating the newly constructed outdoor complex of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) at Shahbagh Saturday afternoon.

"A little sympathy of a doctor can help a patient to forget pain and distress. You have to keep in mind that patients are guests in a hospital. So you have to see that your behavior doesn't hurt the patients," she said.

Sheikh Hasina said BSMMU is currently the only medical university in the country where students and researchers could carry out research activities alongside attaining higher education on medical science.

She said the number of outbound patients has remarkably decreased over the last few years against the backdrop of improvement of medical services in the country. But the healthcare services should not be limited only in curing patients of diseases.

"Higher research is necessary for achieving excellence in this field of medical science," she said adding keeping this in view, her government during its past stint transformed the country's lone postgraduate hospital into a medical university.

 The Prime Minister said after transformation of PG hospital into a university, the healthcare services of the hospital have improved and many facilities created benefiting the common people.

Sheikh Hasina said commoners had no access to PG hospital. Only the people of upper class and a privileged section could enjoy the healthcare services there. Now the hospital is open for all.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim and State Minister of the Ministry Zahid Malek also spoke on the occasion while Vice Chancelleor of the University Professor Pran Gopal Dutta was in the chair. Secretary of the Ministry Syed Manjurul Islam gave the welcome address.

Pointing out her government's plan to establish two more medical universities in the country, the Prime Minister said she has already asked the concerned authorities to take necessary measures in this regard.

New medical universities will be established in Chittagong and Rajshahi while all medical colleges will come under the medical universities in their respective region, she said.

She also asked the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to take initiative for establishing a separate wing for general hospital at Railway Hospital in Kamalapur to provide healthcare services to general patients in the capital city.

The Prime Minister said her government is striving to reach the health care services to the doorstep of the people. In view of this, she said, about 13,500 community clinics and 1,500 Union Health Centers were set up across the in the country.

Sheikh Hasina mentioned that BSMMU is being developed as a center of excellence where an autism center has been set up for care of the autistic children and a palliative care unit for marginal patients in the death-bed.

About recruitment of new doctors, the Prime minister said her government appointed over 8,500 assistant surgeons and assistant dental surgeons through BCS examinations as well as more than four thousand assistant surgeons on ad-hoc basis in the last couple of years.

Earlier, the Prime Minister formally inaugurated the outdoor complex comprising of two OPD units through unveiling the plaque. She also placed a floral wreath at the mural of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman set up inside the complex.


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