Health Card is landmark initiative in healthcare: Minister

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malek said, ‘Preparing of individual health ID card in healthcare is a great and groundbreaking initiative for the people of Bangladesh. Such health ID cards are in trend in many developed countries across the globe. The distribution of this card has also unwrapped another milestone in country’s health sector’.

He said these while speaking at an inaugural program titled on ‘Health Outcome Measurement & Individual Health ID Cards Distribution’ at a city hotel on Sunday noon.

The health minister said, ‘There will have the medical information of a person in the Health Cards. With this card, even the marginalized people of the country can easily get healthcare. ‘

Zahid Malek said, ‘Doctors will be able to see quickly patient’s information through computer software. If any patient goes with the card, the doctor will be able to give the treatment easily by looking at the patient’s previous information in the computer software through this card.’

The Health Minister said, ‘As nearly 14,000 community clinics have been set up in different parts of the country, today the marginalized people of the country are getting healthcare in their areas.’ The community clinics are also going intensive services in Corona pandemic time. The health minister mentioned that 26 types of emergency medicines are now provided free of cost from every community clinic in the country. The Minister also thanked the Prime Minister for setting up so many community clinics in remote areas across the Bangladesh.

Mentionable, the data of each member of community clinic adjacent to the area will be collected and based on the collected information, individual Health ID card will be created and distributed.

The Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof. Dr. Abul Basar Muhammad Khurshid Alam presided over the function.

Abdul Mannan, secretary of the Health Services Division of the Ministry of Health; Shahan Ara Banu, Director General, Directorate General of Family Planning spoke among others in the event.