Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim on Thursday said the allocation for the health sector in the upcoming budget should be increased.
He has already made a formal request to the Finance Minister in this context.
"Health sector is running well with limited resources. But if we want to bring healthcare at peoples' doorsteps, the budgetary allocation needs to be increased," the minister said while speaking as chief guest at the inaugural function of the World Health Day at Osmani Memorial Hall in city.
The World Health Day was observed on Thursday in the country as elsewhere across the globe.
The theme of the day this year is "Make health choice every day, keep diabetes at bay" and the goal is to scale up prevention, strengthen care, and enhance surveillance.
Mohammed Nasim said the rich people can buy expensive healthcare at home and abroad but what happens to the poor, who depend on public sector services. The donors' funded health service could not reach this large populations and it was neither sustainable, he observed.
"So, it is important to increase public sector allocation for health, especially for the majority of the population," he said. He also reminded that the funding from donors in health sector was shrinking on lame excuses.
The health minister said the government has always been open to accommodate donors' advices but now a days it has become hard to swallow their all prescriptions and conditions.
In all cases, he said, the government ensured transparency in donor-funded projects, while it was hard to make them happy. Mohammed Nasim urged adults to do little physical activity everyday and urged parents not to encourage their children to consume fast food as a status symbol. He also urged all to avoid sedentary lifestyle in order to remain healthy and prevent diabetes.
Senior health officials, donors' representatives and leaders of Bangladesh Medical Association also spoke on the occasion.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.
In his message, the President underscored the need for creating awareness about diabetes and non-communicable diseases.
He urged the voluntary organisations and development partners to contribute further alongside the government in this regard.
The Prime Minister, in her message, expressed the hope that the country's Vision-2021 and Vision 2041 in the health sector would be implemented with the cooperation of all concerned to materialise the dream of the Father of the Nation to build a 'Sonar Bangla.'
The number of people with diabetes in Bangladesh stood at 7.1 million in 2015 putting it among top 10 countries in the world and it will hit 13.6 million by 2040 taking it to the 9th position globally, according to International Diabetes Federation.
Some 415 million people are living with diabetes in the world and it will hit 642 million by 2040.
And it is very unfortunate that one out of two patients living with diabetes does not know that he or she has diabetes.
The WHO is focusing this year's World Health Day on diabetes because the diabetes epidemic is rapidly increasing in many countries, with the documented increase most dramatic in low- and middle-income countries.
A large proportion of diabetes cases are preventable, the WHO said. Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes.
The WHO thinks diabetes is treatable and can be controlled and managed to prevent complications. Increasing access to diagnosis, self-management education and affordable treatment are vital components of the response.