Government Policy

Smoker should not be health minister: Nasim

Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim today advocated that the minister in charge of the health ministry in any country not be a smoker.

He suggested the World Health Organization (WHO) write letters to the heads of government of all countries requesting them not to appoint a person who smokes as a minister for the ministry of health.

Mohammad Nasim came up with the suggestion at a side event of a WHO-sponsored conference now being held in Shanghai, China, where his idea was endorsed immediately by other health ministers, said an official handout.

Speaking on the occasion, Nasim also urged global leaders and concerned agencies to raise mass awareness of bad effects of consumption of harmful food stuffs and tobacco products in human health. He said Bangladesh has been evaluating policy option feasibilities against junk food and soft drinks to protect human health.

Health ministers of Finland, Iran, Mauritius and the Philippines, among others, were present.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)