Bangladesh – Call to bring urban poor under primary healthcare
Participants at a daylong advocacy workshop here on Tuesday emphasized the need for bringing all the poor and distressed women and children in the metropolis under primary healthcare activities for ensuring their sound health.
In this regard, they mentioned that proper management of the primary diseases could be effective tools for managing the secondary and other major diseases side by side with ensuring sound health for all.
The workshop titled “Health Service User Forum Awareness” was organized by the Second Urban Primary Healthcare Project under Local Government Division at Hotel Aristocrat.
Population Services and Training Center (PSTC) has been implementing the project in 10 administrative wards of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) with the RCC’s financial and administrative support.
Acting Mayor of RCC Shariful Islam Babu addressed the opening ceremony as the chief guest while Director of the project Abu Bakar Siddiqui as special guest with Chief Executive Officer of RCC Ajaher Ali in the chair.
The chief and the special guests noted that the project could be Implemented successfully with concerted efforts of all quarters and urged upon all including the public representatives to perform their duties with utmost sincerity and honesty to attain the cherished goal.
In address of welcome, Executive Director of PSTC Milon Bikash Pal and Chief Health Officer of RCC Dr Abul Fazal elaborated the project activities and, so far, achievements.
They mentioned that the main thrust of the program is to improve the health of the urban people especially poor women and children by improving access and changing the way in which health services are provided.
Besides, they added that provision of primary healthcare through partnership agreements and behavior change communication and marketing, strengthening urban primary healthcare infrastructure and environmental health, building capacity and policy support for urban primary healthcare and project implementation and operationally relevant research are the major components of the program.