Community clinics vital for shrinking maternal-infant death
14 December 2015, Nirapad News: High officials at a community level discussion unequivocally called for improving the essential services of community clinics for ensuring healthcare services to the grassroots people for their betterment.
To this end, they viewed the district and upazila level officials and others concerned should put in their level best efforts so that the rural people can derive total benefits of the community clinics. There is no alternative to make the services peoples-friendly.
They were addressing the discussion styled “Reduction of Maternal and Infant Death through Maternal and Child Health Services in Communities” held at Sadhanpur Community Clinic premises under Puthiya Upazila of the district yesterday afternoon.
Secretary to Health and Family Welfare Ministry Syed Manjurul Islam and Additional Secretary to Cabinet Division Moin Uddin addressed the discussion as chief and special guests respectively with Mejbah Uddin Chowdhury, Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi, in the chair.
Additional Commissioner of Rajshahi division Munir Hossain, Divisional Director of Health Dr Hedayetul Islam, Director of Prime Minister’s Office Nasrin Afroz, Civil Surgeon Dr Abdus Sobhan, Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Nuruzzaman and Shilmaria UP Chairman Sazzad Hossain Mukul also spoke.
Chief Guest Syed Mnjurul Islam said the present government is very much sincere about reaching the healthcare services towards the peoples’ doorstep and the government has been working relentlessly to attain the cherished goal. Reactivation and revitalization of the community clinics is great achievement of the present government, he added.
Bangladesh has witnessed marked improvements in maternal and child health over the last couple of decades. He mentioned that women are having fewer children and these children are increasingly likely to live longer and healthier lives than previous generations. They are also receiving more skilled assistance during pregnancy and delivery than ever before.
Health Secretary urged the health providers to discharge their duties with utmost sincerity and honesty for welfare of their respective communities.
Later on, the guests went round the community clinic and witness its activities. They also witnessed an innovative pilot project on maternal and child health issues on the occasion.