The Director General of World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr. Margaret Chan in her speech at the Ministerial Meeting on “United Health Coverage” in Singapore has praised Bangladesh for her outstanding performance on health care. The theme of the meeting is “Universal Health Coverage – the post-2015 Challenges”. The Hon’ble Minister for Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh is one of the special invitees to attend the meeting to share Bangladesh’s experience and success in health care.
The meeting on “Universal Health Coverage” is also being attended by the Health Ministers and High officials from more than 15 selected countries around the world. The invitees to the UHC includes Ministers from Brunei, Finland, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam and High officials from Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia & South Korea. The meeting includes a Ministerial round table and panel session in the following key areas:
A) Infrastructure, Manpower and Financing for UHC, B) Social Determinants of UHC,
C) Challenges for Ageing and Fiscal Sustainability, and D) Non-communicable diseases and UHC
The meeting was inaugurated on 10 February 2015 by the Prime Minister of the Government of Singapore Mr. Lee Hsien Loong. In a documentary presented at the inauguration ceremony by the Ministry of Health, Government of Singapore Bangladesh, with some other selected countries were commended for the remarkable success in providing health care.
In the speech given by Director General Dr. Margaret Chan, she quoted from the Lancet magazine and said that Bangladesh has made tremendous strides in different health indicators like survival of under-5, immunization, and tuberoclosis control. She praised Bangladesh that in spite of resource constraints.
Bangladesh has successfully evolved a pluralistic health system that combines government and NGO efforts that emphasizing the role of women in delivering action on its health indicators such as: family planning, immunization, oral rehydration, therapy, vitamin A supplements.
The success of Bangladesh in achieving gender equity was also referred in the speech of the DG. The Director General was also full of praise for the country’s distinct acknowledgment and support of women to national development. Quoting the Lancet report, she said that Bangladesh health care system has been successful to address the 1st generation of poverty linked infections, nutritional and maternity related diseases.
The Hon’ble Health and Family Welfare Minister of Bangladesh in his remark thanked the Health Minister of Singapore for inviting Bangladesh to this meeting on Universal Health Care to share the success stories of Bangladesh. The Health Minister also thanked the Director General of WHO for acknowledging the success achieved by Bangladesh in health care system.
In the morning, the Heads of the Delegations including the Health Minister of Bangladesh made a joint call on the Prime Minister of Singapore Mr. Lee Hsien Loong.