Medical &Health

Rural people can now happily rely on community clinics

DHAKA- Rural people especially the villagers of far-flung areas can now happily rely on the community clinics for getting healthcare services.

At the beginning, the community clinics scattered across the country faced some problems... but of late the scenario has changed prompting the villagers to rush to these clinics to get treatment.

The government is relentlessly working to reach the healthcare services to the doorsteps of the people.

Under the project, a total of 13,236 community clinics have been set up so far in the country to render healthcare services like reproductive health, pre-and post-delivery healthcare, family planning, immunization, nutrition, health education and consultations. Thirty categories of medicines are being given free of cost.

The Bhuktera Community Clinic authority under Juri upazila in Moulvibazar district said that around 200 cases of delivery were performed till now in the clinic.

Mina Rani, a patient of the clinic, said, "We are getting all types of treatment from the clinic... even all types of medicine are available free of cost.''

Many people of her village now depend on the health services of the

community clinic instead of other private hospitals, she added.

The community clinics are also providing tuberculosis, diphtheria,

whooping cough, polio, hepatitis-B and pneumonia vaccines. Children and juveniles are being advised on health issues by the community clinic.

People could get health services for the treatment of malaria,

tuberculosis, fever, leprosy, diarrhoea and other infectious diseases from the community clinics.

People, generally, could get their primary treatment for fever, pain, injuries, sting, asthma, skin diseases, worms, eye and teeth problems. They also could get different items for family planning like condom, pills and ECP.

Community Health Provider of Boraigram upazila Sadar Community Clinic, Natore, Uzzal Kumar told BSS that the poor of rural village are now getting their health services through the community clinics. The rate of patient has also been increased day by day, he added.

Uzzal said, around 80 people are taking treatment from the clinics every day.

Reviving of the community clinic services was made at the behest of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim said, adding the then BNP-Jamaat government had closed the services just for vengeance.

The present government reopened the community clinics after assuming power, he said, adding the service is now a role model before the world.

Nasim said Director General of World Health Organization Margaret Chan advised the leaders across the world to follow the community clinic model in their respective countries.

Around one crore people are getting treatment from the community clinics across the country every month, the minister said.

Former project director of the community clinic Dr Momtajul Haque said the rural people are so much happy as they are getting free treatment and free medicine at their doorsteps.

The common people have faith and become dependable as the government strengthen its monitoring programme on the clinics.

According to the office of the project, around 2.36 crore people were given health services through the clinics in the country in 2010 while it was 3.72 crore in 2011, 7.22 crore in 2012, 9.85 crore in 2013, above 10 crore in 2014 and around 12 crore in 2016.

A survey, conducted by National Institute of Population Research and Training, showed out of those who received services about 80 percent people seemed happy with getting better treatment and free medicine.

In another survey, conducted by the National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine, showed that 98 percent people is happy as they are getting their health services from the clinics.

The Directorate of Heath Services said the Ministry of Family Planning and Welfare is implementing the third phase of the project for ensuring health service, nutrition and increasing the quality of family planning services.

The fourth phase of the project will be implemented for achieving Vision 21, seventh five-year planning, Sustainable Development Goals, health services, population and nutrition policy.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)