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Tk 29,464 crore proposed for health sector

SANGSAD BHABAN, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal

today proposed an allocation of Tk 29,464 crore for health sector in fiscal

201920.

The allocation for this purpose in fiscal 201920 is Tk 29,464 crore,

which is 1.02 percent of GDP and 5.63 percent of the total budget

allocations, he said while placing the budget in the Parliament here.

In his budget speech, the finance minister proposed allocation of Tk

25,732 crore for the Health Services Division and the Health Education and

Family Welfare Division in fiscal 201920, which was Tk 22,336 crore in

fiscal 201819.

The total budget for Health Services Division is Tk 19,945 crore and Tk

5,788 crore for Medical Education and Family Welfare Division.

He said the government has been working with dedication and sincerity to

develop a healthy and energetic population by ensuring quality health

services, nutrition, affordable and quality family planning.

About improvement of maternal and child health, Kamal said various priority

programmes have been undertaken to improve maternal and child health.

To expand the neonatal medical service, he said, Special Care Newborn

Units (SCANU) have been established in 10 district hospitals and 61 upazila

hospitals.

The finance minister said the government has undertaken steps to recruit

about 9,792 medical officers to address the growing needs among citizens for

health services.

He said community clinic is the first service centre to provide primary

health services to the rural people, while currently, about 13,000 community

clinics are operational in the country, in each of which about 40 service

recipients are getting services every day and 80 percent of them are women

and children.

To ensure protection of mental health of citizens, provide universal

mental health service, and ensure overall welfare, Kamal said, the Mental

Health Act, 2018 has been passed in Parliament abolishing the Lunacy Act of

1912.

He said the government attaches priority to the medical treatment and other

social benefits for the autistic people and people with special needs.

To fulfill the promise by the Prime Minister, 3,000 posts for midwives

have been created with a view to reducing the maternal mortality rate, the

finance minister said.

About expansion of sciencebased medical care, he said the government has

established an Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Science, a Newborn

Screening Central Laboratory in Dhaka, and a Nuclear Medicine Centre and a

Sterile Insect Unit in Cox's Bazar to diagnose the hypothyroid disease among

the newborn babies.

He said the government plans to establish a mobile laboratory, a

scientific and technological information and research centre and an applied

industrial research laboratory in the BCSIR and a BSCIR research centre in

Gopalganj.

In fiscal 201920, Kamal said, the Institutes of Nuclear Medicine and

Allied Sciences (INMAS) will be established at the campuses of 8 medical

college hospitals in the country.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)