UN special advisor applauds health sector’s advancement

DHAKA, March 12, 2017 (BSS)- A senior executive of the United Nations (UN) today appreciated Bangladesh's continued advancement in the health and pharmaceuticals sectors and said Dhaka has already become a role model for many other developing nations.

Dr David Nabarro, special adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said it was indeed a matter of a great appreciation that Dhaka has achieved successes over years in greater heath sector, especially on reducing mothers and children deaths and taking health services to rural folks.

"I appreciate the government's pro-people programmes being implemented under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," said David while exchanging views with Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim at the latter's office here, said an official handout.

A national of the United Kingdom, Dr David has been appointed as Special Adviser in late December of 2015 by then UN Secretary General. He is assigned to work with the governments and other relevant stakeholders to galvanize action on implementation of the UN Agenda on SDGs.

Mohammad Nasim listed a number of success stories of the government in some others areas such as women empowerment, economic growth, environment and social sector and said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina should be considered one of the world's champions for development.

He sought cooperation from development partners for further growth of the pharmaceuticals sector, now exporting quality medicines to 127 countries.

State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Malek, Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad and representatives from the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) were also present.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)