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For the health of a nation

  • Published at 12:01 am September 25th, 2019
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The benefits and ripple effects of having a healthier population will be seen in every part of economy and society

There is no doubt that a healthy population is a productive population, and comprehensive health coverage is positively correlated with high standards of living.

Many nations around the world, even developed ones, however, are still deeply divided on the subject.

As such, it is quite refreshing to hear our own Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, at a UN conference, champion the cause of a truly universal health care system through global cooperation among countries and heads of state.

As a country that is still aspiring to attain middle-income status, Bangladesh still has a lot of growing pains to go through in its development trajectory. 

Despite that fact, our leaders still consider universal health care to be a fundamental right of, not just their own people, but indeed every individual on the planet.

To that end, we agree with the PM that, for universal health care to become a reality, both regional and global cooperation is of the utmost importance. A system of this scope and scale cannot become reality unless each and every nation is on-board.

According to the WHO, “universal health care” is defined as a “situation where citizens can access health services without incurring financial hardship.” 

It goes without saying that we have quite a way to go before achieving such a reality, but it is a worthy goal, along with the goal of achieving food security for all.

The benefits and ripple effects of having a healthier population will be seen in every part of the economy and society, and should in no way be underestimated.