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Dealing with Mental Health Problem

Bangladesh can be a role model : Maleque

Bangladesh can be a role model : Maleque
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque speaks at a review meeting on ensuring mental health services at community level held at National Institute of Mental Health and Hospital in the capital on Sunday. Shuchona Foundation Chairperson and Mental Health Affairs Adviser to the UN Secretary General Saima Wazed joined the meeting virtually as the key discussant. — SUN PHOTO

Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Saturday said Bangladesh can be a role model in dealing with mental health ailment as the country is already taking massive programme to improve mental health services, reports BSS.

“We have been lauded globally for tackling COVID-19 pandemic... we are now focusing on providing quality mental healthcare facilities” he told a workshop titled ‘Ensuring mental healthcare facilities at community level’ at the National Mental Health Institute and Hospital in the city, an official release said.

Saima Wazed Hossain, a member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 25-member Expert Advisory Panel on mental health, joined the workshop virtually as main speaker while Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam presided over it.

Secretary of Health Service Division Dr Muhammad Anwar Hossain Haqlader, Director of National Mental Health Institute and Hospital, mental health specialists and senior officials of the health ministry, among others, attended the workshop.  Saima Wazed, also the daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said, “Bangladesh is facing acute shortage of mental health specialist. So, the country must focus on developing mental health experts to provide quality treatment facilities to the patients,” she added.

Saima Wazed laid emphasis on formulating effective laws, policies and strategies to address the gradually rising mental health disease.