Speakers at a programme on Thursday said the healthcare expenditure at private hospitals throughout the country has been on the rise due to commercialization of the private healthcare sector.
Political parties of the country gave commitments to ensure healthcare for people free of cost, but such pledges are not entirely fulfilled, they said.
They made the remarks while addressing a seminar organised by Campaign for Good Governance (SUPRO), marking the World Health Day.
Dr Muhammad Abdul Mazid, former chairman, NBR and chief coordinator of Bangladesh Diabetic Samity, presented a keynote paper.
He said that depression is the root cause of physical and mental illness.
“The people who are suffering from depressive disorder may grow the tendency to be addicted to drugs and may develop suicidal tendency in them,” he added.
He also pointed out that depression also causes cardiac problem and diabetes.
Dr Mazid called upon the government to pay more attention for the improvement of mental health treatment all over the country.
Vice Chairman, Campaign for Good Governance, Manju Rani Pramanik chaired the event.
In her speech, Manju Rani Pramanik said that the government should take responsibility to ensure the healthcare needs for its citizens.
“The government should take effective steps to recognise the health as fundamental rights,” he added.
The World Health Day will be observed today across the country like elsewhere across the world.