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Nawabganj Correspondent
The Public community clinics of 14 unions of Nawabganj upazila of Dhaka have changed the quality of the healthcare services available to the poor and helpless masses. By reaching healthcare service out to rural areas, it has brought relief to the lives of helpless ordinary people.
Sharifa Begum, who took the services from the Kailail upazila community clinic said, “We are now getting treatment for common ailments closer to home. A few days ago, we had to go to Dhaka and Nawabganj Upazila headquarters for treatment of minor diseases. Now it does not take that long. The current government has changed the quality of healthcare.”
Najma Akter, a pregnant woman from Sholla said, “Thanks to the community clinic, there is now opportunity to regularly monitor health. The community clinic has changed the quality of health care of the rural areas. I get free medicine including iron tablets, vitamin B-Complex and calcium tablets.”
“My husband is a van driver,” she added. “Money is always difficult. I was concerned about my childbirth. The free medicine and health surveys has resulted in a lot of that anxiety being gone.”
Upazila Health Complex sources said, the risk of maternity-related complications, pregnant mothers’ healthcare, maternal and child mortality status, and mother-to-child health benefits, including rural healthcare, are available now to rural women. Community Health Care is providing healthcare to most of the poor people in the upazila. Besides providing free medicine, health, family planning and nutrition related advice is also being given. The number of healthcare providers in the clinics is also increasing.
There are more women and child patients getting community health care. People are basically happy to get free healthcare and medicines.
Upazila health officer Md. Shahidul Islam said community healthcare workers are working to provide quality healthcare services to the doorsteps of the poor and common people of the rural areas.
Nearly 450,000 patients in 40 community clinics of Nawabganj take the service. He said the number of patients will increase in the next few days if clinic infrastructure is
developed.