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For a healthy population

  • Published at 12:03 am February 18th, 2019
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It is of utmost importance that our public health infrastructure is improved

One of the greatest challenges for any developing nation is ensuring health care for its population, and Bangladesh is no different.

As emphasized by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Bangladesh government indeed has a plan to expand its universal health coverage program to make health services free for children under one year of age, and for senior citizens over 65 years of age.

But this is a tall order, and Bangladesh will need help from the World Health Organization to achieve these goals; conversely, WHO should get all the necessary support from our government.

We need to be prepared for any sort of outbreak; contagious diseases like ebola, cholera, and TB can wreak havoc on a population, with terrible ramifications for a country and its economy, as we have seen during the recent ebola epidemic in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

It is of utmost importance that our public health infrastructure is improved, and has the capacity to serve our burgeoning urban population.

Often, the diagnoses in our hospitals are not up to the desirable standard, causing delays and harbouring extraneous costs; this is also the reason so many people feel compelled to seek health care abroad, no matter the cost.

There is also an overall lack of awareness regarding health matters, as well as a sluggishness regarding the enforcement of anti-pollution measures, even though there are indeed laws in place.

As a nation, it is time we realized that without good health, we can never elevate our standard of living, and so, we should get our priorities in order.