Speakers at a press conference demanded constitutional recognition of health as a fundamental right instead of a basic demand to ensure sound public health for all even to the remote areas. They also demanded immediate measures to stop rapid commercialization of health and to enhance budgetary allocation to 3.0 per cent of the GDP (gross domestic product) from the existing 0.74 per cent to bring people of all walks of life under the sound health coverage. They made the demands at a press conference organized by Sushasoner Jonno Procharavizan (SUPRO) on the eve of World Health Day 2016 in association with other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like Come to Work, Darpan, ISOL, Jago Nari, SDS, SETU, Sodesh Satkhira & YPSA at Dhaka Reporters Unity on 6 April 2016, Wednesday. SUPRO's Chairperson Ahmed Swapan Mahmud presided over the conference where former National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman and Chief Coordinator of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh Dr Mohammad Abdul Mazid spoke as the main discussant. General Secretary of SUPRO and Chief Executive of YPSA, Md. Arifur Rahman delivered his welcome speech and
National Council Member of SUPRO and Executive Director of SETU presented the keynote paper. They said the government must ensure community clinic service for every 6,000 people in accordance with the National Health Policy-2011 and to take proactive measures as far as smooth service and vigorous monitoring are concerned.
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