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46pc people ill at ease to meet health expenses

Published : Monday, 20 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 138

Countrys only 20 percent poor and ultra-poor families can avail less than 20 percent of the benefits the government provides for the health sector. However, around 46 percent of the families have been suffering to meet up the health expenses, according to the survey of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Action Alliance.

Unveiling the survey result at a programme titled Stance of Civil Society on Establishing Universal Health Rights held at Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium on Sunday, chief coordinator of the SDG Action Alliance Abdul Awal recommended that the government increase the health sector budgets to meet the demands of the poor people as the allocation is not adequate.

Among others, Executive Director of Bandhan Aminuzzaman Milon, Member Secretary of Alliance on Women Rights Monwara Akter Minu and poet Prottay Jasim were also present in the programme organized by SDG Action Alliance, Global Call to Action Against Poverty and Noakhali Rural Development Society (NRDS).

Abdul Awal stated that the health sector is being neglected for years. The actual picture was revealed during the Corona pandemic period. But, still the health sector is not getting the attention of the government.

"Though the budget is increasing day by day in amount in this sector, the ratio is still below the target. When the global average of health sector budget is 5.9 percent of the GDP, its only 1.5 percent or less in our country. Its the main obstacle for the government to ensure health service for the people," he stated.

He also added that the annual need of a Bangladeshi to get health services is around US$88, the present expense in this sector is only $58. However, the amount is being spent from the pocket of the service seekers.

Bangladeshi people have been arranging 77 percent of their own expenses in this sector.

According to the survey report, around 78.7 percent of the people have received only one doze of Covid-19 vaccine during the pandemic while 21.3 percent haven yet received any vaccine.

Only 70.5 percent people have the access to get service in the primary health care centers across the country. But, still they have to face obstacles to get necessary health services, the report stated.

It also stated that though around 83 percent of poor and ultra-poor people are aware about the governments social safety net programmes, most people cannot enroll their names in the beneficiary lists due to corruption, nepotism and harassment.

The SDG Action Allaince also presented five point recommendations including increase of health budgets, ensuring services for the people to the primary care centers, bringing all people under the coverage of health insurance and providing subsidies, strengthening primary health care system.

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