DHAKA, June 1, 2017 (BSS)- Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith today proposed an allocation of Taka 20,652 crore for health, medical education and family welfare in the budget for 2017-18 fiscal.
Placing the budget in the Parliament, Muhith said, "To make healthcare readily available in rural areas, 13,339 community clinics have been set-up. Maternal Health Voucher scheme for poor, vulnerable and critically pregnant women has been introduced in community clinics of 53 upazilas."
Besides, emergency pregnancy support service has been strengthened in 132 upazilas, he added. All districts and 418 upazilas have been brought under mobile phone healthcare service, the finance minister said adding as many as 43 hospitals have been brought under telemedicine service.
A round the clock call center named "Shastho Batayan" (HealthWindow) has been launched which will provide 24 hour health advice free of cost to the people, he added.
"In order to ensure quality and easily accessible healthcare and family welfare services for all people of the country, we have rolled out the 5 year long Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Development Programme at a cost of Tk. 43,486 crore," Muhith added.
"Through this programme, we are implementing initiatives for improved healthcare services for mother and child, population control and quality reproductive health services, specialized healthcare services, control of contagious and non-contagious diseases as well as new diseases caused by climate change, safe food with balanced nutrition and human resources development" he added.
"In addition, we plan to set up new community clinics and extend maternal health voucher programme in order to take healthcare services to the doorsteps of rural poor and marginalized people" he added. "As many as 13,339 community clinics have already been established and we have a plan to establish another 392 community clinics," Muhith added.
Forty three telemedicine centres have already been established, he said adding initiatives to provide telemedicine services at district and upazila levels, social health protection programme and health services through video conferencing will continue as well. In these clinics, special care will be provided to the physically challenged persons, he added.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)