Thursday, 28 October, 2021

Rural people benefit from digital services

COX’S BAZAR: People of remote areas of the district are now benefiting from the Digital Bangladesh initiatives of the government through using various digital services.

The aspire to innovate (a2i) programme under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division has been providing different digital services to make life easier at marginal level as people in remote areas are now receiving services sitting at home.

Once getting consultations from expert physicians was beyond the imagination of the people of Badarkhali, a remote union in Cox's Bazar's  Chakaria upazila, where healthcare facilities are very insufficient.

But rapid progress and expansion of information and communication technology (ICT) through the implementation of “Digital Bangladesh” has translated the dreams of receiving treatment from specialist physicians into reality as the people in this remote area are now getting modern telemedicine services. The materialization of Digital Bangladesh has reached advanced medicare facilities in the rural area.

Comments of Ahmedur Rahman, a farmer who resides at Block No. 3 under Badarkhali union, portrayed the scenario of development in the locality in the field of health sector. “I along with my four other family members including wife, son and daughter tested positive for coronavirus. It was beyond our affordability to receive treatment by going outside of my upazila or district. Then a neighbour suggested me calling at '333', the national helpline," he said.