The 19th founding anniversary of the community clinics was observed in Jhenidah through cutting a cake on Sunday. Jhenidah district health department organized the programme.
A discussion was held in the conference room of the Civil Surgeon office with Civil Surgeon Dr. Salina Begum in the chair. Superintendent of Jhenidah Sadar Hospital Dr. Ayub Ali attended the discussion as chief guest.
Medical Officer of Civil Surgeon office Dr. Prasenjit Biswas Partha, junior health education officer Abdur Rahman, nursing supervisor Arati Roy among others participated in the discussion.
The speakers said the community clinics were established by the Awami League government on April 26 oin 2000, while the next government had shut the clinics with a view to fulfill their political will. The clinics were resumed when the government of Sheikh Hasina came to power once again.
Now above 13,500 community clinics have been providing medicare facilities as well as services to crores of people in the remote village. 30 types of drugs have been supplied free of cost which is managed and monitored by the people. It is governed in a participatory basis with the local people and government both. A number of clinics have been providing safe delivery facilities for the rural mothers that had already reduced the maternal and child mortality like the previous times.
The government has been trying to build the community clinics with additional rooms including safe delivery of the mothers towards a better nation, the speakers said.