RAJSHAHI, April 7 (BSS)- Speakers at a post-rally discussion in Rajshahi on Saturday emphasized the need for ensuring healthcare services to all especially the rural poor and underprivileged ones for their betterment.
They viewed that proper functioning of the rural level healthcare institutions could be the effective means of attaining the cherished goal.
Not only that the huge pressures on the tertiary and district level hospitals could be reduced to a greater extent if the rural level hospitals are operated properly, they stated.
Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), a non-government development organization, organized the meeting at Shaheb Bazar Zero Point marking the World Health Day-2012.
Local unit CGG President Prof Fazlul Haque, General Secretary Akbarul Hassan Millat, Members Jamat Khan, Saiduzzaman Shipon, Advocate Abdus Samad and Hasna Hena, National Council Member Mustafizur Rahman Khan and TIB Rajshahi Area Manager Monirul Haque spoke on the occasion.
They said establishing good governance, transparency and accountability in the public level healthcare sector is very vital for ensuring quality services to the rural level poor and other underprivileged people for the sake of equal development of the nation.
They called for close relations between the service providers and the receivers to attain the cherished goal in this regard.
Besides, they emphasized the need for bringing all the rural level health centers and sub-centers and dispensary units under a close monitoring and supervision for ensuring transparency and accountability in the private-level healthcare sector.
The speakers also viewed that an integrated approach to address malnutrition problem is now imperative for building a healthy nation to face challenges of the 21st century.
They said some of the major nutritional problems in the country like protein energy malnutrition, vitamin A deficiency, iodine deficiency disorder, iron deficiency anemia, low birth weight, over nutritional and its complication and lack of nutrition knowledge should be removed with collective approach.
Marking the day, Civil Surgeon Office also brought out a rally from its office premises and that paraded some of the city streets before being ended at the conference hall where a discussion meeting was held.
With Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Azizul Islam in the chair, Dr Sultan Ahmed and Senior Health Education Officer Sharifa Khatun spoke at the discussion, among others.
Officials and staffs of various government, non-government and volunteer organizations concerned joined the rally and the discussion meeting.