The Government of India is funding the construction of 36 Community Clinics in five North Eastern districts of Bangladesh at a cost of Taka 9 crore.
The project is being implemented under the Government of India’s ‘Aid to Bangladesh’ programme. H.E. Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India, inaugurated the project, along with the Health Minister of Bangladesh, Mohammad Nasim during her visit to Dhaka on October 23, 2017.
Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, accompanied the minister on Sunday to witness the commencement of construction of the first such Community Clinic in Chhatak, Sunamganj.
Local dignitaries, senior officials of the Government of Bangladesh and the representatives of implementing agency, Partners in Population and Development (PPD) were also present on the occasion.
“Health is the basic amenity which every State strives to provide to each and every of its subjects. The establishment of Community Clinics takes root from this very idea. On these lines, the Government of India decided to provide funds for the construction of 36 community clinics in Bangladesh,” the Indian High Commissioner said while inaugurating the construction.
Under the project construction of 36 Community Clinics will be funded by Government of India in the North Eastern districts of Bangladesh – Sunamganj, Habiganj, Brahmanbaria, Jamalpur and Sherpur, at a total cost of BDT 9 crore. Government of India has already released BDT 4.5 crore to commence the work on the project.
The Government of India has joined hands with the Government of Bangladesh in the latter’s efforts to provide medical facilities to its people in the far-flung remote areas of the country. It is envisaged that each community clinic will cater to a population of about 6000. These clinics will provide primary health care with emphasis on maternal and child health care services at the door-step of the rural population.
The Government of India has been undertaking various development projects in Bangladesh in sectors such as Education, IT, Health, Water, Disaster Management, etc.. The projects are chosen keeping in mind geographical spread, socio-economic benefits and priorities of the Government of Bangladesh.
In the last five years, the Government of India has completed a total of 29 grant projects worth around Bangladesh Taka (BDT) 112 crore under its ‘Aid-to-Bangladesh’ programme.
In 2017, 59 projects are at various stages of implementation at a cost of approximately BDT 1100 crore.