Health Desk: 05 February 2018: The construction work of a community clinic funded by India was launched at Chechan at Chhatak in Sunamganj on Sunday, according to Indian high commission in Dhaka.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim inaugurated the commencement of construction of the first such community clinic in Sunamganj.
Harsh Vardhan Shringla, high commissioner of India to Bangladesh, accompanied the minister during the inauguration of the construction work.
Dr Joe Thomas, Executive Director, Partners in Population and Development, Mohibur Rahman Manik, MP, Dr Jaya Sengupta, MP, Advocate Fazlur Rahman Misbah, MP, Md Sabirul Islam, Deputy Commissioner of Sunamgunj, Md Barkatullah, Police Super of the district, Dr Nazrul Islam, Programme Director PPD, Brig Gen MA Mohy, Chief Engineer, Quazi Mohinul Islam, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health, Idris Ali Bir Protik, Upazila Chairman, Doyrabazar, Sunamgunj, and Dr Ashutosh Das, Civil Surgeon of Sunamgunj, were also present on the occasion.
The Government of India is funding the construction of 36 community clinics in five North Eastern districts of Bangladesh at a cost of Tk 9 crore.
It is envisaged that each community clinic will cater to a population of about 6,000. These clinics will provide primary healthcare with emphasis on maternal and child health care services at the door-step of the rural population.
The projects are chosen to keep in mind geographical spread, socio-economic benefits and priority of the government of Bangladesh.
In the last five years, the government of India has completed 29 grant projects worth around Tk 112 crore under its ‘Aid-to-Bangladesh’ programme.
In 2017, 59 projects were at various stages of implementation at a cost of about Tk 1100 crore.