Ghatail: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the country's first batch of female military
paramedics to serve the country and its people with devotion and professionalism rising above their personal interest.
“I hope your today’s great pledge for providing services will play a positive role in the healthcare services of mass people. You would serve the country and its people through your devotion, professionalism and integrity,” she said.
Hasina was addressing the oath-taking ceremony and passing out parade of the first female military paramedics batch held at the Army Medical Corps Center & School (AMCC&S) at Shaheed Salahuddin Cantonment, Ghatail.
She said the participation of women in a challenging profession like the army would play an important role in women empowerment. “The half of population of society is women, and complete success in any field is not possible without their spontaneous participation.”
“Bangladesh’s women are not lagging behind and they’re advancing in all fields by keeping pace with the world through their labour, merit and efficiency. They’ve already demonstrated their success in various challenging and courageous jobs,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the women have brought about a positive change in politics, trade and commerce, social activities and other fields.
"The priority has been given to the participation of the women at different levels of the state," she said.
The Prime Minister said Bangladesh’s position in the women’s political empowerment was 7th in a 2013 report of the Global Gender Gap.
“A positive change would come in the whole society if the outlook towards women is changed and they are evaluated socially,” she said.
Through today's passing out parade, a total of 879 female soldiers were recruited in Bangladesh Army Medical Corps for the first time.
This was the largest contingent of female soldiers that passed out at a time in the world history.
Of them, Mosammet Memory Hasan and Shantona Rani Mondol of the female recruit batch were adjudged the first and second recruits respectively.
“You’ve been included in the Bangladesh Army as its proud members and you’ll have to keep in mind that you’re an integral part of this country,” the Prime Minister told the newly recruited Army Medical Corps soldiers.
She went on saying, “You will have to groom yourselves as the able followers of the valiant Freedom Fighters with the mantra of “keeping healthy in war and peace” and a great motto of professional excellence, tireless efforts and sacrifice.”
Sheikh Hasina said her government is implementing massive programmes to build armed forces as professional and all-round forces of the 21st century.