Government plans to spend Tk 434.86 billion to revamp health sector

The government has undertaken a big programme involving Tk 434.86 billion (Tk 43,486 crore) to be spent in next five years for revamping the country’s health sector.

The health ministry already identified six Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) those would see significant improvement on completion of the planed programmes and activities in 2022.

The KPIs include decrease rate of infant mortality, maternal mortality, child malnutrition, total fertility rate and increase the rate of child delivery with expert midwife.

The targets would be achieved by 2022 through 29 operational plans under the Health Nutrition and Population Sector Programme (HNPSP), Secretary of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare M Serazul Huq Khan told BSS.

“This is the 4th HNPSP aiming to improve equity, quality and efficiency for gradually moving towards Universal Health Coverage and achieving health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” he said.

The government in its policy statement for 2017-18 and 2019-20 said that the planned programme would strengthen governance and stewardship of the public and private health sectors.

It would undertake institutional development for improving performance at all levels of the system, as well as provide sustainable financing for equitable access to healthcare for the population and accelerated progress towards universal health coverage (UHC).

“The vision of the health sector is to see people healthier, happier and economically productive to make Bangladesh a higher middle income country by 2021,” the policy statement noted.

At present the government’s goal is to ensure quality and equitable health care for all citizens in the country by developing access and utilization of health, population and nutrition related services by improving the health status of underserved – poor, women, children, elderly marginalized and physically and specially able people.

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