Finance Minister AMA Muhith has proposed Tk. 23,383 crore for the health sector, which is 5.2 percent of the massive Tk. 4,645.73 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19.
The allocation for the Health and Family Welfare Ministry is the highest in 4 years. In the previous fiscal of 2017-18, the allocation was 4.7 percent.
“We are pursuing our agenda for guaranteeing affordable and quality health, nutrition and family welfare services to the public. As part of this overarching agenda, we have made operational 13,500 community clinics by recruiting 13,842 health care providers to reach the health services to the doorsteps of the rural poor and the marginalised community,” Minister Muhith said on Thursday in the parliament while presenting the budget for the FY 2018-19.
This is the 12th budget for Muhith personally, who before AL delivered two budgets under H.M. Ershad in the 1980s.
The Finance Minister said the government’s goal in the health sector is to ensure quality healthcare and family welfare services for all.
We have taken steps for implementation of a sector wide programme under 29 Operational Plans during period from 2017 to 2022. Services like providing nutrient foods and health services to mothers and children, quality general and specialised health services for all, control of communicable and non-communicable diseases and diseases caused by climate change, development of modern and efficient medicine sector and skilled manpower, will be provided under this programme,” said Muhith in his budget speech.
He mentioned the improvement of hospital conditions and infrastructure development for better healthcare all across the country.
Regarding the recruitment of doctors, minister Muhith said the government has started the process the recruit 9,792 doctors in two phases to ensure that the health services reach to the rural people.
“Steps have also been taken to recruit additional 4,000 senior nurses to bring doctors-nurse ratio at 2:1. Besides, we have finalised the recruitment of 600 midwives with an aim to bring birth time child and maternal mortality rates to zero by 2021,” he added.