Health Desk- 08 April 2019: amarhealth.com celebrated the ’World Health Day 2019’, with a daylong program ‘Sasthoseba Houk Sober’ (Health for All) in the capital’s National Press Club on 7th April 2019, Sunday.
The theme of this year’s World Health Day is ‘Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere’. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) called upon countries in its South-East Asia Region to step-up efforts towards universal health coverage, to provide quality health services to all.
The program, organized by amarhealth.com, included-Free Health Camp, Scientific Session, Parliamentary debates and Cultural programs.
A significant number of Journalists who are members of National Press Club and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) received specialist health service from the Free Health Camp for free. A scientific session, Debate and Cultural event was also held on the occasion.
Kamrul Hasan Khan, former Vice Chancellor, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU); Dr. Rokeya Sultana, Health and Population Affairs Secretary, Bangladesh Awami League; Farida Yasmin, General Secretary, National Press Club and Sohel Hayder Choudhury, General Secretary, Dhaka Journalist Union (DUJ) were present as special guests.
In his speech, Kamrul Hasan Khan said, ‘Universal Health Coverage means country’s every person will have access to healthcare. Bangladesh is ahead of neighboring countries from India and Pakistan in different sides of health sector. Besides, complaint against physicians raises often. Those who take healthcare maintaining long queue never raise voice rather who expect extra benefits raise it.’
Dr. Rokeya Sultana, in her speech said, ‘We all should be health conscious. Not only doctors, but also everyone should come ahead in this regard so that everybody will take proper diet even in the rural areas. I think we should keep in mind that it’s better to be conscious not after taking medicine but should be conscious before being patient.’
Farida Yasmin in her speech said, ‘Every physician should think that he received his degrees by the financial support of citizens. This noble profession is not only for earning money but for providing sincere services.’
Sohel Hayder Choudhury, in his speech said, ‘This year the theme of World Health Day is ‘Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere’. So, everybody deserves same healthcare. The infrastructural development of our health sector has been tremendously improved but unfortunately, mentality of some doctors not yet changed.’
Rimon Mahfuz, coordinator of the day long program also Executive Member of DUJ thanked the sponsor of the event for sponsoring such a public health related program.
Dr. Apurba Pandit, Editor of amarhealth.com, chaired the program. In the concluding speech, Dr. Apurba Pandit said, ‘We are saying Health for All on this health day. To ensure Healthcare for all, the government and every professionals including journalists should come ahead. Otherwise, healthcare for all will never be materialized.’
The Journalist panel, professionals and political figures also took part in the day long program.
Under the leadership of the speaker Mohinee Prithula, a parliamentary debate was also held in the program where debaters Tanjim Mahmud Nahyan, Ahmed Fahim Shihab and Tousif Islam Siam from Dhanmondi Govt Boys High School & Shibil Rahman, Ahmad Jaeem Khan and Tahmid Jawad from Motijheel Ideal School and College took part. The proposal was- `This Parliament Thinks Lack of Awareness is The Main Interference in Getting Healthcare’.
The World Health Day program came to the end with a colorful Cultural Program where audience were enchanted with the Nazrul Sangeet by singer Mahmuda Anjum (Brishti).
The program was sponsored by UniMed UniHealth Pharmaceuticals Ltd.