Health Desk--6 Sep’18: Infant mortality rate has decreased due to awareness programmes taken by the Awami League government, Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim said.
Nasim said, “Right now 30 infants out of every thousand are dying in the country, which will come down to 18 by 2022”.
He came up with the observations while addressing the inaugural function of National Newborn Health Programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital on Wednesday.
The health minister hoped that there would be no crisis of doctors and ambulances in the country, adding, “We have appointed 10,000 nurses, 1,200 midwives and seven thousand doctors already. We will appoint 10,000 more physicians soon through PSC.”
Presided over by additional director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) AHM Enayet Hossain, the function was also attended by DGHS director Dr Sultan Mohammad Shamsuzzaman, Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council president Prof Dr Md Shahidullah and Director General of Directorate General of Family Planning Dr Mohammad Sharif.