Congenial political atmosphere starts centering City Corporation polls: Nasim
21 March 2015, Nirapad News: Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim today said that a congenial political atmosphere has started heading the upcoming Dhaka and Chittagong city corporation elections.
Urging BNP, the minister said, “Let’s forget all the stern conditions in past and withdraw all the political programs like strike-blockade to create a democratic environment to hold the polls … let’s have a dialogue with people by participating the polls.”
Nasim, also the Awami League Presidium member made the request at launching program on introduction PCV and IPV vaccines in routine Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) at Dhaka Shishu Hospital (DSH) auditorium at city’s Agargaon area.
“Election environment has been started by the upcoming CC polls and the next general election will hold in 2019,” he added.
State minister Zahid Maleque, secretary Syed Monjurul Islam, director general of the Directorate (DG) of Family Planning Nur Hossain Talukder, DSH director Prof Dr Manzoor Hussain, UNICEF representative Edward Chaiban, World Health Organisation representative Dr Jayanta Lionade spoke with DG of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Deen Muhammad Nurul Haque in the chair.
Two new life-saving vaccines introduced in the programme supported by Gavi, UNICEF, WHO and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners.
More than three million children will benefit from pneumococcal vaccine (PCV), which protects against one of the leading causes of pneumonia, and the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) as part of the Polio eradication.
“The addition of IPV in routine immunisation would help maintain Bangladesh’s polio-free status and PCV would bring significant reduction in childhood diseases and deaths,” said the state minister.
Prof Deen Mohammad emphasized to continue the achievements in health sector by making it sustainable through public awareness.
“As Pneumonia is one of the leading reasons of child mortality which causes 22 % of deaths of children under the age of five in the country, so the introduction of pneumococcal vaccine will have a major positive impact on child survival,” he said.
In May 2013, the World Health Assembly endorsed the Polio radication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018, calling on countries to strengthen routine immunisation programmes and introduce at least one dose of IPV as a lead up to the phased removal of oral polio vaccines.