Bangladesh Government Activities- April, 2014

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

All health days’ events to be held outside Dhaka: Nasim 

On 8th April 2014 Health and Family Planning Minister Mohammad Nasim spoke as the chief guest at a discussion of World Health Day at ‘khudro nri-goshthi’ (small ethnic groups) cultural centre in Bandarban. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the program from the cabinet division at the Secretariat via video conference. Here the Health Minister stated that health related all events will be held out of Dhaka to connect the grass root level people for increasing health care standard.  The theme of this year’s Health Day is vector-borne diseases- ‘small bite, big threat’.  According to a WHO report, every year globally more than 1 billion cases and over 1 million deaths occur from vector-borne diseases including malaria and dengue.  The vector-borne diseases are those spreaded by mosquitoes and flies. The Minister also urged all to be aware to prevent the vector-borne diseases by keeping their house and area clean. Health Ministry distributed pesticides nets and jacket at 13 malaria affected areas including Banderban, Rangamati and Khagrachari

Reference: The Bangladesh Today


Govt to ensure healthcare at grassroots level: PM


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stated on the World Health Day program from the Cabinet Division meeting room at the Bangladesh Secretariat that healthcare is a fundamental right and her government would continue its tireless efforts in reaching the healthcare services to the doorsteps of the people. Cabinet Secretary M. Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan and Principal Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder were present on the occasion. Sheikh Hasina discussed about the main theme of the World Health Day-Vector Borne Diseases and she also informed that Bangladesh has already made commendable achievement in controlling and eradicating vector borne diseases including Malaria, Kala- Azar, Filaria and Dengue. She also informed that huge number of people- most of them children- die of vector borne diseases across the world. As a tropical country Bangladesh is affected by various vector borne diseases. She indentified some prime causes that increased risk and spread of such diseases. Those are mentioning the adverse impact of expansion of trade and commerce, enhancement of communications networks, unplanned urbanization, change of agriculture system, deforestation and corresponding change in the climatic condition. The Prime Minister expressed with satisfaction that these diseases are under control following the effective measures of the government through identification of the diseases and ensuring of proper treatment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Reference: The News Today


Ministry of Information

Inu for promoting agricultural reports in news media

On 20 April 2014 Katalyst and Non-government Media related organization Samasti organized a roundtable discussion that was held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban in Dhaka University. The Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu was the chief guest. Dhaka University Vice-chancellor Professor Dr A A M S Arefin Siddique, Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University Pro Vice-chancellor Professor Shahidur Rashid Bhuiyan, ATN Bangla Consultant (Program) Nawajesh Ali Khan, Daily Star Assignment Editor Riaz Ahmed, Deputy Director of Agriculture Information Service Dr Jahangir Alam, Chairman of Mass Communication and Journalism Department of Jagannath University Helena Ferdous and Sabrina Sultana Chowdhury of Mass Communication and Journalism Department of Dhaka University took part in the discussion. The roundtable discussion was titled “Poor Friendly Agriculture Development in Bangladesh: Role of Media”. The Information Minister emphasized the need for inclusion of agriculture report into the mainstream of news media.  He also requested the online media to highlight the agriculture report with national news and all the media should publish more agriculture reports. They also shared that a new program on agriculture is needed to be introduced considering the time befitting demand.

Reference: The Bangladesh Today