Health Desk—June 09, 2017: About 10 lakh people are now getting better healthcare services from 198 community clinics in Khulna.
Khulna Civil Surgeon Dr. S M Abdur Razzak said, "People are getting health education, referral advice, pregnancy checkup and de-warming and vaccination at the clinics that brought healthcare services to their doorsteps".
Md. Mostofa Akunji, health inspector of such a clinic in the district, said people, mostly women and children, are getting basic treatment and prenatal and neonatal and child healthcare services.
A total of six employees, including community health provider, health assistant and family planning worker are working at the clinic, he said, adding that the government are giving patients 28 different medicines at free of cost.
Community healthcare provider (CHCP) Anup Kumar Golder in this connection urged the authorities concerned to provide more medicine at free of cost as most of the low-income people cannot afford medicine. He pointed that the number of free medicine cut to 26 from earlier 30 types, causing problem in treating some patients.
Sheikh Ashrafuzzaman, President of Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee, also sought more fund and medicine for the community clinics those are providing basic, but important heath services to the rural people who were earlier out of the support of institutional health services.