The government will establish a cancer hospital and a kidney hospital in each divisional city as the number of cancer and kidney patients are on the rise in the country, new Health Minister Zahid Malik has said on Tuesday.
“A kidney unit comprising 10 beds will be set up in every district hospital,” he said, adding that ensuring quality health services for all will be his ministry’s priority.“Ensuring quality health services for all is our priority. This requires a whole lot of things to be done. We have to work as per the manifesto of our government,” he told journalists at a view- exchange programme at his secretariat office on his first day as the health minister.
Zahid Malik was the state minister for health in the previous cabinet and he has been promoted as a full minister. Murad Hassan has been made the state minister of the same ministry.
Zahid Malik said the country’s health sector made tremendous progress over the last ten years and the government aims to take it further in the next five years.
Talking about other priorities of his ministry, he said his ministry will work to improve the services delivery in all hospitals across the country. “We will give special emphasis on the training of the doctors and nurses,” he added.
The health minister said they will immediately start full-fledged activities of new medical establishments including the burn institute, extension of NITOR, and digestive institute.
Zahid Malik said the new government will speed up recruitment of 10,000 doctors and their posting in district, upazila and community clinics across the country this year while posting of 3000 trained midwives also will be ensured across the country.He said they will ensure that medical equipment are functional and sufficient medicine stocks are available in public hospitals.
He said they will repair community clinics and construct newly designed community clinics replacing old clinics across the country as well as ensuring doctors and improve service delivery.
“After the MDG (Millennium Development Goal), we will achieve the SDG (Sustainable Development Goal),” the health minister said.
Zahid Malik said in the last 10 years they have increased the number of beds in government hospitals to 42,000, established three new medical universities and set up 22 new government medical colleges.
State minister for health Dr Murad Hasan said they will work to deliver the health services at the people’s doorstep. “I’m ready to do whatever it takes to ensure people’s health rights and I will implement the prime minister’s directive to this end,” he added.
High officials of the health and family welfare ministry also were present at the function.