Staff Correspondent: Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque has said that eight burn and plastic surgery hospitals are being set up in eight divisions of the country in the model of Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute.
The Minister made the remarks at a discussion meeting at the Auditorium of the National Cancer Research Institute and Hospital in Mohakhali yesterday.
The discussion meeting was organized on the occasion of World Cancer Day.
“We are decentralizing our health department,” he said, adding: “We are setting up hospitals in every division. Eight imaging systems in eight divisions are being set up with Japanese funding. The imaging system will have X-ray machine, CT scan, and MRI machine.
Besides, eight burn and plastic surgery hospitals are being set up in eight divisions in the model of Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute.”
The health minister said that primary health care service has reached the doorsteps of the people through community clinics.
We will build many more hospitals in the country.
He further said that millions of people are being infected with coronavirus in Bangladesh like elsewhere in the world. More worrying than this is that 2 million or 20 lakh people in the country are currently suffering from cancer.
Apart from cancer, millions of people are being affected by various non-communicable diseases, including liver, kidney and heart, and are dying every year, he said, adding that the causes of these diseases are our diet, excessive use of pesticides, environmental pollution.
“And smoking is the worst cause of cancer. We have to control these.”
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