Published:  03:30 AM, 30 June 2020

Bangladesh needs a smart health policy, say experts

The general education literacy rate in Bangladesh has reached a satisfactory stage but science literacy at present in the country is only two percent. As a result, people here are not in a position to follow the precautionary directives from the government and the health administration.

The whole world was not prepared to face challenges like coronavirus infection. Moreover, the nature of the Covid-19 is changeable. So, the World Health Organization (WHO), together with scientists and researchers are facing difficult challenges to innovate proper antidote to fight the virus.

The former President of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences M Shamsher Ali came up with these remarks at a discussion with an electronic media. He said systematic health management is needed first. Human resource is the biggest capital in order to face any challenge. In his opinion, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is trying to cope with the coronavirus situation in the country.

Now the government has to give impetus to smart health policy. He emphasized the need to immediately open health insurance for the betterment of the citizens.According to M Shamsher Ali, necessary directives initiated by Prime Minister are satisfactory. But, the health ministry is not capable enough to go ahead with the proper policy from the government.

He also opined that dominating attitude toward nature is ultimately bad. People in the world remained under lockdown around the last six months. In this time nature has got a new dimension. The wild animals are living according to their wishes. The dolphins in the sea are playing gladly.

Under these circumstances, the people in the world will have to think and move in the right direction, Shamsher Ali said. Swadhinata Chikitsok Parishad President and Member of the National Technical Committee, Professor Dr M Iqbal Arsalan told The Asian Age that from beginning the health department was not serious.

Compulsory quarantine of Bangladeshi migrants after reaching country was not carefully handled and the BGMEA workers' open movement, again and again, was the basic cause of spreading Covid-19 infection immensely.

He also said the National Technical Committee which is to give suggestion to the government to fight Covid-19 was formed at the latter part of April. It was not formed in due time. Now Prime Minister herself is taking care in respect of health strategic options. She is receiving suggestions from the committee.

Professor Syed Anwar Hossain said the frontliners like doctors, nurses, army, police and media workers are tirelessly doing their jobs. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is initiating time befitting directives. But bureaucrats are not handling the problems properly. They are failing to go ahead.

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