Sunday, 29th January, 2023
Sunday, 29th January, 2023

Govt to expand eye treatment to each upazila: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said the government would expand the eye treatment facilities through community vision centre (CVC) to each upazila gradually, as healthy people are needed to pull Bangladesh ahead.

“In digital Bangladesh, we’ve brought health services to people’s doorstep
and the CVC will be expanded to each upazila gradually as initiatives have
already been taken to set up more 110 CVCs across the country,” she said.

The Premier was addressing the opening ceremony of the CVCs installed at 70
upazilas in 20 districts at the capital’s National Eye Science Institute and
Hospital (NESIH), virtually joining from her official residence Ganabhaban.

 

Mentioning that healthy people are needed to build a prosperous Bangladesh,
she said the government is arranging necessary healthcare facilities so the
people will remain fit. Referring to the opportunities of “Digital
Bangladesh” established by the Awami League (AL) government, Sheikh Hasina
said now people are not usually needed to move physically to physicians in
every case rather they can avail treatment through telemedicine and it has
been possible due to digitalization.

With the 20 CVCs introduced earlier in 8 districts in 2018, the total
number of CVS now stood at 90 which would cover around five crore people to
provide treatment for different eye diseases. So far 4.50 lakh people have
received eye treatment from specialist physicians through the CVCs.

The head of government said eye treatment is expensive and that is why
people usually don’t receive treatment, adding, “Not only as the Prime
Minister but also as a daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh
Mujibur Rahman she cannot let the people to be remained treatment-less.”

“It’s my duty to make necessary arrangements for providing treatment to
them (people)”, she continued.

She directed the authorities concerned to conduct more publicity about the
community clinic as well as the CVCs and motivate people to visit there for
medical treatment.

Mentioning that Bangabandhu had made the country independent to ease the
sorrow and sufferings of its people, Sheikh Hasina said, “It is also our
responsibility”.

Assuming power in 1996, Awami League introduced community clinics to
provide healthcare services to people’s doorstep, but the BNP-Jamaat
government after 2001 stopped this clinic, she said.

As people voted AL again to power in 2009, they have been able to reopen
the community clinic along with the introduction of the CVCs to offer
different medical treatments and medicines free of cost, she added.

Extending gratitude to the people of the country, the Premier said “We can
work for you (people) and offer different services for your trust and
confidence in AL.”

Reiterating her call to the people to follow the health safety protocols to
stop the spread of Coronavirus, she urged people to get registered themselves
for Covid-19 vaccination and visit the centre when the date for inoculation
comes instead of creating any indiscipline situation moving there before
schedule time.

Sheikh Hasina repeated her government’s determination to provide land and
house to each land and homeless person in the Mujib Borsha. “None will remain
home and land less as we’ve kept Taka 100 crore in the budget for it.”

Mentioning the graduation of Bangladesh as a developing nation, she vowed
the government along with people must turn the country into a hunger-poverty-
free nation that might move ahead with raising head and self-esteem globally.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque also spoke on the
occasion while Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus
moderated the function.

Health Secretary Md. Abdul Mannan delivered the welcome address and NESIH
Director Professor Dr Golam Mostafa highlighted different aspects of the
CVCs.

On the outset of the ceremony, a documentary on the national eye care and
the CVCs was screened.

Later, the Prime Minister virtually connected with Peerganj Upazila of
Rangpur District, Nachole Upazila of Chapainawabganj District and Haluaghat
Upazila of Mymensingh District.

She also talked with the beneficiaries of the CVCs and listened to their
experiences.

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