Health Minister Mohammed Nasim on Saturday assured the BNP leaders that there will be no reluctances in treatment of Khaleda Zia and her health care.
The minister also asked BNP leaders to keep faith in government regarding the health care of BNP chairperson.
Inaugurating the World Health Day- 2018 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium, Nasim said “We do not want Khaleda to stay in jail but she is now there for the court verdict and after her sickness, BNP leaders demanded to send Khaleda to a private hospital but I insist, you must keep faith in the government hospitals and government’s sincerity over her health.”
This year the theme of the day is ‘Universal health coverage; everyone, everywhere’.
While talking about the present medical system, the minister asked the doctors and medical students for not involving into politics in medical colleges and institutions because, to him, hospitals are not the place for politics rather these are places for rendering humanitarian services, reports UNB.
He also requested the doctors and medical workers not to halt medical services in the name of strike during any kind of demonstration or movement and said “you may even ask my resignation but should consider the sufferings of patients, never go for strike.”
Nasim said “According to the recent report of World Health Organisation (WHO), the country’s people have to spend lots of money out of their pocket, but if doctors are more sympathetic and do not prescribe expensive medicines and unnecessary pathological tests, the expenses will reduce automatically.”
He claimed though the health sectors have great contributions in national development and already got world recognitions, but the country’s private medical sectors are not fully honest.
Mentioning about the mobile court’s seizing date-expired medicines from United Hospital, he said some dishonest businessmen are doing unethical activities for more profit and victimising general people.
The State Minister for Health, Zahid Malik, while addressing the ceremony, said the health sector gets only one percent of GDP but if the government manage to increase it, the sector can contribute more for the development.
The secretary of Health Service Division, Serajul Haq Khan, said, “The government has achieved many prizes for primary health service improvement but it should not be a matter of complacency because there is much left to do in the sector.”
Several others including Professor ABM Abdullah, Dean of Medicine Faculty of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and Bangladesh representative of World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Bardan Jung Rana addressed the programme.