Check graft in health sector: Raushon asks govt

SANGSAD BHABAN, Deputy Leader of Opposition Raushon Ershad today urged the government to take steps to check corruption in the health sector to reach the healthcare services at the grassroots.

Taking part in the general discussion on budget in the Jatiya Sangsah here, she said, the AntiCorruption Commission (ACC) recently sent a recommendation to the Health and Family Welfare Ministry, identifying 11 sources of corruption in health sector which should be considered positively.

Raushon said corruption must be checked in the country's health sector to reach the healthcare services at the doorsteps of marginal people.

Increasing budgetary allocation will not be enough to reach the healthcare services to the people without curbing corruption, she observed, adding that is why corruption must be prevented in the country's health sector.

The Deputy Leader of Opposition stressed the need for increasing budgetary allocation in the health sector aiming to ensnare quality healthcare to all.

Observing that the dateexpired medicines are flooding in the market, she said monitoring should be strengthened to stop the sale of dateexpired medicines to protect public health.

She said many people including lawmakers are going abroad for treatment every year and spend a huge amount of money. If we can ensure proper treatment faculty for them in the country, we would be able to keep the money in the country for our welfare.

Highlighting the different aspects of the proposed budget for fiscal 201920, Raushon said the budget must take initiatives so that the inequality between the poor and the rick could not go up.

The scope of giving tax exemption for the small and medium entrepreneurs with turnover of up to Tk 50,000 will be a positive thing, she said.

About the country's education, Raushon said many students are getting GPA5 in different examinations every year, but they do not know even about their own country. It is true that the standard of education is not satisfactory at all, she added.

If we fail to educate our children with proper education, unemployment of youths will go up, she said.

Like the previous fiscal years, she said the government has given an increased allocation in the proposed budget.

The Deputy Leader of Opposition urged the government not to impose any tax on ecommerce as a huge number of youths are currently working in the sector.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)