Community clinics need more investment: Planning Minister
Published: 12:33 PM, 28 January 2022 Updated: 03:41 PM, 28 January 2022
Planning Minister MA Mannan speaks at a three-day conference on non-communicable disease control at Hotel Sonargaon in the capital on Friday; Photo: Collected
Planning Minister MA Mannan today said more investment is needed in community clinics to improve the quality of health services in rural areas across the country.
“We need to focus on providing health care to people in rural areas. There is a need to increase facilities in community clinics,” he said while speaking on the last day of a three-day conference on non-communicable disease control at Hotel Sonargaon in the capital on Friday.
Thanking the community clinics, Planning Minister MA Mannan said we have been able to bring health services to the doorsteps of the villagers. “People no longer need to rush to the city when they are ill. They get various medicines including emergency services from the community clinic next door,” he also said.
“I personally think there is a need to invest more in community clinics,” said MA Mannan, adding that although there is less space, two smaller rooms, it is possible to increase the number of beds by two or three more each, add some more basic facilities, some diagnostic equipment especially X-ray, ECG, etc. can be added.
He further said the first target of the Prime Minister is to do something for the welfare of those who live in villages and hamlets, especially those who work directly on farms and lakes.
“We are proud of the community clinics. Whenever I go to the village, I go down to the community clinic on the street and watch their activities,” said Planning Minister MA Mannan.