Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has revealed plans to launch a healthcare programme aiming to provide free medical services to citizens.
As a first step toward the process, the government has adopted a pilot project for ultra-poor families in in Tangail’s Madhupur, Ghatail and Kalihati Upazilas, she told the parliament on Wednesday (Jun 19).
“The Awami League government has a plan to introduce universal medical coverage to ensuring healthcare services for the people,” she said in response to a query Jatiya Party MP Md Rustum Ali Faraji.
The government has already formulated the Healthcare Financing Strategy 2012-2032 for the healthcare programme.
In line with the strategy, a pilot project – ‘Shasthya Surokkha Kormasuchi-SSK (Health Protection Programme)’ – has been undertaken to initially provide free healthcare services to the poor.
Under SSK, in-patient free services are being provided to the poor for 78 diseases in Madhupur, Ghatail and Kalihati.
The services are being expanded to the remaining nine upazilas of Tangail. “If the SSK piloting is successful, the activities will be expanded throughout the country,” said the prime minister.