State Minister for Planning Prof Dr Shamsul Alam on Saturday said that Bangladesh was moving ahead on the ‘planned path’ despite various problems.
He was speaking at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) organised free medical camp ahead of the National Mourning Day on August 15. Prof Alam, who was a member of the planning commission and a senior secretary before being appointed as the state minister in July 2021, lauded the role of journalists’ bodies like DRU.
He termed such professional bodies as “social capital" and said helping them is to help the country.
“Expansion of trade and commerce would not be enough for a country. The stronger the social capital and institutions of a country, the faster the social change of that country," he said.
"Weak social institutions have led to the overthrow of many popular governments in many countries. That is why this social change is very important for inculcating values, attitudes and modern thinking."
The Insaf Barakah Kidney and General Hospital conducted the medical camp where tests for diabetes and kidney problems were also carried out. Managing Director of the Hospital Prof M Fakhrul Islam was present as the special guest.
DRU President Nazrul Islam Mithu, and General Secretary Nurul Islam Hasib spoke at the event moderated by Kamruzzaman Bablu, welfare secretary of DRU.
About 200 members took the medical consultations from the daylong camp. The hospital also signed a MoU with the DRU to give discounts to its members in different tests and hospital admission.
Today, Sunday, the DRU will organise a breast cancer screening camp for the women members and spouses of other male members.