Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Jatiya Party on Wednesday demanded the government make an adequate allocation for the health sector in the next national budget.
“People want a budget for health protection. So, an adequate allocation should be made for the health sector in the next budget,” said Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader.
In a statement, he said the Covid crisis has exposed how fragile the country's healthcare is.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal will present the national budget for 2021-22 fiscal year in Parliament early next month.
He said the government must modernise all the upazila health complexes with all facilities for conducting necessary tests.
“It’s also necessary to ensure advanced treatment and install ICU beds in all district-level government hospitals,” GM Quader said.
He also urged the government to appoint a necessary number of doctors, nurses, and medical technologists and technicians in public hospitals.
GM Quader, also the deputy opposition leader in parliament, said patients should be given free life-saving medicine in public hospitals.
“No one will go abroad for treatment if better treatment is ensured in the country. We want not a single patient to die without treatment,” he observed.
The Jatiya Party chief said the main objective of their party’s politics is to ensure all rights of people, including that of having treatment.