Fifty-one new dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals across the country in the last 24 hours till 8am on Wednesday.
Twenty-sevenof them were hospitalised in Dhaka, the Directorate General of Health Services said in a regular update.
A total of 100,879 people were hospitalised with dengue in the country since January.
Among those who were hospitalised, 100,379 made full recovery, the DGHS said.
Currently, 243 patients, including 161 in the capital, are being treated at different hospitals.
The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research has received264 reports of dengue-related deaths. It has reviewed 211 of them and confirmed 133 deaths.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the government has nothing to do with BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s corruption case.
“The judiciary is enjoying full freedom under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s rule. The case against Khaleda Zia is a corruption case. So, there’s nothing to do by the government with it,” said Quader, also Road, Transport and Bridges Minister.
He was speaking at the triennial council of Kurigram district Awami League.
He also said the drive against corruption is underway across the country. “All the corrupt elements will be put behind bars,” he added.
Fifty-six new aids patients were detected in the division between November 2018 and October 2019.
The patients include 26 men, 24 women and six children. This year, 12 Aids patients died – eight of them were women.
According to Strengthening of HIV Services Project of Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) said 67 aids patients were detected in Khulna division last year.
Currently, 250 patients are receiving free treatment at Anti-viral Therapy Centre (ART) of KMCH. Of them, 86 people are the residents of Khulna district.
Sixty-two of the patients are from Jashore, 34 from Satkhira, 25 from Narail, 12 from Bagerhat, 10 from Jhenaidah, four from Magura, three from Chuadanga, six from Gopalganj, four from Faridpur, three from Pirojpur and a transgender person from Borguna.
The first HIV patient was detected in Bangladesh in 1989, and since then the number has been on the rise. Between 1989 and last year, 6,455 people were infected with HIV virus. Of them, 1,072 died.
Dr ATM Manjur Morshed, KMCH Director and Director of the Project, said the only way to prevent the disease is raising awareness.
“If we can detect HIV in the blood of a pregnant woman, it’s possible to save the child in the womb from through treatment,“ he said.
37.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide in 2018, according to WHO. Last year, 770,000 people died of HIV-related illnesses.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked government officials to remain alert against bribery and corruption as these social diseases spoil the development of the country.
“All will have to be alert against bribery and corruption that spoil our [development] activities. You’ll have to raise awareness among people in this regard,” she said while addressing the concluding ceremony of the 113th, 114th and 115th Law and Administration Courses at Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy in the city.
The Prime Minister asked the fresh officers of the administration to spend public money properly for the planned development of the country.
“I request you to pay special attention so that we can do more development [works] spending the public money economically,” she said.
Pointing at field-level administration officials, Sheikh Hasina said if an officer wishes, he or she can change the outlook of a district, an upazila or a union by making development visible there.
“You’ll have to have such innovative ideas, plans and thoughts (to do so),” she said.
Hasina also asked the government officers to pay special attention to the ongoing drives against drug, terrorism and corruption.
The Prime Minister distributed certificates among the participants of the five-month training courses. A total of 120 admin cadre officers attended the three courses.
State Minister for Public Administration Ministry Farhad Hossain, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Administration Ministry HN Ashequr Rahman and Public Administration Secretary Faiz Ahmed spoke at the function presided over by Rector of the Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy Kazi Rowshan Akhter.
The Prime Minister asked the government officials to take steps in a planned way keeping the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in mind so that the development gets sustainable.
“I would like to urge you to work sincerely in implementation of what the plans we’re taking,” said Hasina.
She also asked the fresh officers to move always with self-confidence and develop themselves further to work for the country by continuing their trainings and study using the advantage of the digital platforms.
The Prime Minister suggested reading two books --Osamapto Attojiboni (Unfinished Memoirs) and Karagarer Rojnamcha ((Diary in Jail) -- of the Father of the Nation to know his dedication and the history of the country.
She said a 14-volume book on “Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman” is being published.
She said if the intelligence and government officers read the books, they can gather experiences over intelligence alongside knowing the history of the Language Movement and the country’s independence.
“If our officers read the books, their self-confidence would grow as they’ll be able to know how they can ensure the development of a country and how the Father of the Nation made the country independent through struggles,” she said adding that the four volumes of the book have already been published.
Focusing on the country’s development, Hasina said Bangladesh has made a turnaround and reached a dignified position in the world in the last one decade as her government has been working for its progress.
“To me, power is not a matter of enjoyment. Instead, it’s a matter of performing responsibilities,” she added.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque underscored the need for a multisectoral approach for achieving the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
The minister came up with the remark while addressing the celebration event of UHC Day 2019 as chief guest at the CIRDAP auditorium in the city.
At present, allocation for health sector in the national budget is low compared to many other countries, he noted. “We’ll take initiatives to have the allocation increased.”
UHC Day 2019 celebration event was organised by Health Economics Unit (HEU), Health Services Division of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with support from World Health Organization (WHO) Bangladesh.
Health Services Division Secretary Md Ashadul Islam presided over the event. It was addressed, among others, by Medical Education and Family Welfare Secretary Sheikh Yusuf Harun, Director General of HEU Dr Shahadt Hossain Mahmud and WHO Country Representative Dr Bardan Jung Rana.
UHC Day is the annual rallying point for the growing movement for health for all. ‘Keep the Promise’ is this year’s theme.
According to WHO, UHC means that all people have access to health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship.
The overall objective of the UHC Day is to sensitise the governments and all relevant stakeholders to design action plans to guarantee health as a right, not a privilege; functional investment in a society where all people can get the quality health care they need and trust.
The day also emphasised establishing strong, equitable health systems that leave no one behind.
In the event, five presentations were made. Barriers in Access to Health Care by the Left-Behind Segment of the Population presented by Professor Syed Abdul Hamid from Dhaka University; Coverage of Quality Health Care Services to Achieve UHC in Bangladesh by Dr Md Aminul Hasan, Director (Hospital), Directorate General of Heal Services (DGHS); Invest More to Make UHC a Reality by Dr Md Nurul Amin, Director (Research), HEU; Monitoring Progress on Universal Health Coverage in Bangladesh by Farzana Akter from WHO Bangladesh and Better Investment: Invest in Effective Technologies by Dr Mohammad Sabbir Haider from DGHS.
The presenters highlighted the initiative of Bangladesh for reorienting the health system around primary health care as the core strategy. The primary health care (PHC) of the government is very much aligned to achieving UHC.
To ensure PHC for hardcore poor and vulnerable communities, the government is implementing pilot project - Shasthyo Shuroksha Karmasuchi – in three upazilas of Tangail. Around 85,600 households below poverty line are receiving inpatient services for 78 diseases free of cost.
The Maternal Health Voucher Scheme (MHVS) for ensuring safe delivery of poor mothers is in operation in 55 upazilas. Specified services are provided by designated health personnel at facilities in the public, the private and the NGO sectors.
Some of the major challenges identified during the event for achieving UHC in Bangladesh include inadequate public investment to health sector; double burden of diseases; ineﬃciency in resource allocation and utilisation; low financial risk protection; shortage of skilled human resource in public and private sectors; unregulated private sector and unsatisfactory quality of health services.
To meet these challenges, the discussants emphasised on increasing domestic investment towards primary health care; target-based approach to tackle inequity; harness eﬃciency gains in resource use by strengthening public financial management.
Other suggestions include improving financial risk protection; implement approved HR strategy and action plan; improve regulatory and enforcement system and promote evidence-based decision making and policy reforms.