Ujjal Kumar, a healthcare provider at Baraigram Upazila Sadar Community Clinic, Natore, told BSS that "Poor people in rural areas are getting healthcare services at the community clinics for free. This has been possible because of pro-people initiative of the present government of reopening community clinics."
On an average, 80 people are getting treatment facilities from Baraigram Upazila Sadar Community Clinic, he added.
Mina Rani, a local resident, said, "We are getting almost all treatment facilities from these community clinics free of cost. Earlier, we had to go to Natore district hospital for having medical checkup, which was very difficult, expensive and time-consuming."
At the community clinics, pregnant mothers are being given infertility healthcare facilities including immunization during pregnancy at the community clinics. All necessary healthcare facilities are also given at the community clinics to protect children and adolescents from different diseases including tuberculosis, pneumonia, polio, cough and hepatitis-B.
After coming to power in 1996, the Awami League government had a plan for setting up 13,000 community clinics across the country. In line with the plan, the activities of community clinics started in 1998.
Prime Sheikh Hasina inaugurated Gimadanga community clinic under Patgati union at Tungipara, Gopalganj during the period. As many as 10,723 community clinics were set up across the country till 2001. But the four-party alliance government led by BNP shut down the community clinics in 2001.
In 2009, the Awami League government reopened the community clinics aiming to reach healthcare facilities to the doorstep of the rural people.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)