Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) Mayor Md Rezaul Karim Chowdhury said, Chittagong City Corporation is an organisation which has been able to set a unique example in healthcare.
Another new dimension in healthcare has been added with the introduction of BSc in Health Technology Medicine course at CCC-run Firingi Bazar Institute of Health Technology and MATS.
An 11-member governing body has been constituted as per the directions of Chittagong Medical University to conduct this course, he added.
Vice Chancellor of Chittagong Medical University Prof. Md. Ismail Khan and Deputy Director of Health, Education and Family Planning Department Dr Bidyut Barua welcomed the members of the committee as invited guests.
He made the remarks while addressing the first meeting of the governing body at the mayor's office of the corporation office in Tiger Pass on Tuesday morning.
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CCC Health Standing Committee President Jahar Lal Hazari, CCC Chief Health Officer Dr Md Selim Akhter Chowdhury, Acting Registrar of Chittagong Medical University Dr Hasina Nasrin, Dr. Irene Sultana, Associate Professor of Urology Department of Chittagong Medical College and Nursing and Medical of Chittagong Medical University Dr. Mohammad Monowarul Haque, Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Dr. Mohammad Ali, Member Secretary of the Committee and Principal of the Institute of Health Technology and MATS, Dr. Rumana Sharmin, Assistant Professor, Shahnaz Akter, Lecturer were present.
The mayor further said that a total of 71 primary health care centers including one 100-bed, three 50-bed maternity hospital and one 50-bed general hospital have been set up by the corporation. Besides, the health care of Urban Primary Health Care, started by former mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury since 1998, is still running.
At these medical centers, our specialist doctors are providing regular medical services to the patients. This service is not provided by any city corporation in the country. Even after providing so many services in the health sector, the corporation does not get any allocation from the government for the health services of the city dwellers! However, Agrabad Mother and Child Hospital receives a lump sum allocation of Tk. 7 crore per annum, he added.
He drew the attention of the Vice Chancellor of Chittagong Medical University who was present at the meeting and said, "You have contact with the Ministry of Health for professional reasons." Therefore, you will be urged to recommend the necessary allocation in the health sector of the corporation in the interest of the city dwellers. Because of the growing population of the city, apart from government hospitals and medical centers, only Chittagong City Corporation hospitals and medical centers have the opportunity to get cheap medical services.