‘Health services at people’s doorstep’

Diplomatic Correspondent

5 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Under the prudent and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh is delivering public health services and humanitarian emergency aid to people's doorstep, utilizing ‘GovTech’ and ‘DevTech’ under her ‘Digital Bangladesh’ vision, said Bangladesh High Commissioner in London Saida Muna Tasneem at a virtual Commonwealth Leaders meeting on the COVID-19 crisis earlier this week.

Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of 30 Commonwealth member countries including Nigeria, Kenya, the Bahamas, Uganda, Tanzania, Guyana, and the Gambia attended the meeting.

High Commissioner Tasneem was speaking at the virtual Commonwealth Leaders meeting as a representative of Bangladesh, said the Bangladesh High Commission in London on Saturday. She briefed the Commonwealth leaders about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's post-Covid innovative digitalization initiatives in public services including 333-digital helpline for emergency health support, Muktopaath (an internationally award-winning open E-learning program) for training doctors, Food for Nation App to ensure emergency supply chains, EkShopApp (e-commerce platform) for connecting farmers with consumers, ‘2-minute’ online bank account from home, digital wallets for payments of wages, Bangladesh Post Office Digital Financial transaction “Nagad” and various other digital services during Covid-19 emergency.

Echoing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s six priorities of global action to combat Covid-19 at the World Economic Forum’s Covid Response Dialogue, High Commissioner Tasneem called upon the Commonwealth leaders to become the collective and common voice of the most vulnerable countries including the LDCs, LLDCs, SIDS and countries with special needs during the post-Covid global socio-economic recovery initiatives.