Public Health Foundation holds Health Day programme
Public Health Foundation Bangladesh (PHFB) organised a discussion in the capital to mark the World Health Day on Sunday.
Health experts called for taking necessary steps for ensuring universal health coverage across the country in the greater interest of the country.
A huge number of people are deprived of necessary health services across the country, they said while addressing the discussion titled 'Universal Health Coverage: Bangladesh Perspective' at Zahur Ahmed Hall of National Press Club on Sunday.
While presenting the keynote paper, Prof Dr Munsur, vice-chairperson of Public Health Foundation, Bangladesh, stressed on taking combined steps for ensuring universal health coverage. Prevention is better than cure, he said.
He called on the government to take proper steps to raise awareness among people for changing lifestyle for prevention of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, which have become epidemic across the country.
Matters such as development of health and prevention of diseases should be incorporated into our medical education system, which should be community-based and coordinated. Alternative medicine should also be evaluated along with mainstream health system, he said.
It would not be tough to achieve the target of universal health coverage by the year 2032 if steps are taken for increasing the number of physicians, paramedics, technologists and other health workers and using their efficiency.
The event was moderated by Prof Dr M Mozaherul Haque. Among others, the founder of PHF, Prof Dr Fatema Ashraf of gynae department, head of Shaheed Sohrawardy Medical College Hospital, Prof Dr Md Abu Sayeed, Ex-departmental head of Community Medicine of Ibrahim Medical College, Prof Dr Dipok Lal Bonik of Public Health of North-South University, and Dr Samir Kumar Saha, vice-chairperson of PHF spoke at the event while Prof Dr Sharmin Yasmeen, chairperson of PHF, was the chair.