Fifty-six new aids patients were detected in the division between November year and October 2019.
The patients include 26 men, 24 women and six children. This year, 12 Aids patients died – eight of them were women.
According to Strengthening of HIV Services Project of Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) said 67 aids patients were detected in Khulna division last year.
Currently, 250 patients are receiving free treatment at Anti-viral Therapy Centre (ART) of KMCH. Of them, 86 people are the residents of Khulna district.
Sixty-two of the patients are from Jashore, 34 from Satkhira, 25 from Narail, 12 from Bagerhat, 10 from Jhenaidah, four from Magura, three from Chuadanga, six from Gopalganj, four from Faridpur, three from Pirojpur and a transgender person from Borguna.
The first HIV patient was detected in Bangladesh in 1989, and since then the number has been on the rise. Between 1989 and last year, 6,455 people were infected with HIV virus. Of them, 1,072 died.
Dr ATM Manjur Morshed, KMCH Director and Director of the Project, said the only way to prevent the disease is raising awareness.
“If we can detect HIV in the blood of a pregnant woman, it’s possible to save the child in the womb from through treatment,“ he said.
Globally, 37.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide in 2018, according to WHO. Last year, 770,000 people died of HIV-related illnesses.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked government officials to remain alert against bribery and corruption as the social diseases spoil the development of the country.
“All will have to be alert against bribery and corruption that spoil our [development] activities. You’ll have to raise awareness among the people in this regard,” she said while addressing the concluding ceremony of 113th, 114th and 115th Law and Administration Courses at Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy in the city.
The Prime Minister asked the fresh officers of the administration to spend public money properly for the planned development of the country.
“I request you to pay special attention so that we can do more development [works] spending the public money economically,” she said.
Pointing at field-level administration officials, Sheikh Hasina said if an officer wishes, he or she can change the outlook of a district, an upazila or a union by making development visible there.
“You’ll have to have such innovative ideas, plans and thoughts (to do so),” she said.
She also asked the government officers to pay the special attention to the ongoing drives against drug, terrorism and corruption.
The Prime Minister distributed certificates among the participants of the five-month training courses. A total of 120 admin cadre officers attended the three courses.
State Minister for Public Administration Ministry Farhad Hossain, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Administration Ministry HN Ashequr Rahman and Public Administration Secretary Faiz Ahmed spoke at the function presided over by Rector of the Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy Kazi Rowshan Akhter.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque underscored the need for a multisectoral approach for achieving the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
The minister came up with the remark while addressing the celebration event of UHC Day 2019 as chief guest at the CIRDAP auditorium in the city.
At present, allocation for health sector in the national budget is low compared to many other countries, he noted. “We’ll take initiatives to have the allocation increased.”
UHC Day 2019 celebration event was organised by Health Economics Unit (HEU), Health Services Division of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with support from World Health Organization (WHO) Bangladesh.
Health Services Division Secretary Md Ashadul Islam presided over the event. It was addressed, among others, by Medical Education and Family Welfare Secretary Sheikh Yusuf Harun, Director General of HEU Dr Shahadt Hossain Mahmud and WHO Country Representative Dr Bardan Jung Rana.
UHC Day is the annual rallying point for the growing movement for health for all. ‘Keep the Promise’ is this year’s theme.
According to WHO, UHC means that all people have access to health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship.
The overall objective of the UHC Day is to sensitise the governments and all relevant stakeholders to design action plans to guarantee health as a right, not a privilege; functional investment in a society where all people can get the quality health care they need and trust.
The day also emphasised establishing strong, equitable health systems that leave no one behind.
In the event, five presentations were made. Barriers in Access to Health Care by the Left-Behind Segment of the Population presented by Professor Syed Abdul Hamid from Dhaka University; Coverage of Quality Health Care Services to Achieve UHC in Bangladesh by Dr Md Aminul Hasan, Director (Hospital), Directorate General of Heal Services (DGHS); Invest More to Make UHC a Reality by Dr Md Nurul Amin, Director (Research), HEU; Monitoring Progress on Universal Health Coverage in Bangladesh by Farzana Akter from WHO Bangladesh and Better Investment: Invest in Effective Technologies by Dr Mohammad Sabbir Haider from DGHS.
The presenters highlighted the initiative of Bangladesh for reorienting the health system around primary health care as the core strategy. The primary health care (PHC) of the government is very much aligned to achieving UHC.
To ensure PHC for hardcore poor and vulnerable communities, the government is implementing pilot project - Shasthyo Shuroksha Karmasuchi – in three upazilas of Tangail. Around 85,600 households below poverty line are receiving inpatient services for 78 diseases free of cost.
The Maternal Health Voucher Scheme (MHVS) for ensuring safe delivery of poor mothers is in operation in 55 upazilas. Specified services are provided by designated health personnel at facilities in the public, the private and the NGO sectors.
Some of the major challenges identified during the event for achieving UHC in Bangladesh include inadequate public investment to health sector; double burden of diseases; ineﬃciency in resource allocation and utilisation; low financial risk protection; shortage of skilled human resource in public and private sectors; unregulated private sector and unsatisfactory quality of health services.
To meet these challenges, the discussants emphasised on increasing domestic investment towards primary health care; target-based approach to tackle inequity; harness eﬃciency gains in resource use by strengthening public financial management.
Other suggestions include improving financial risk protection; implement approved HR strategy and action plan; improve regulatory and enforcement system and promote evidence-based decision making and policy reforms.
Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud urged the global community to take united initiative to combat the devastating effects of climate change.
“Bangladesh has become the innocent victim of climate change. According to World Bank, the carbon emission rate of Bangladesh is only 5 tons per capita,” he said at a side event on ‘Climate Change Initiative of Bangladesh’ at COP 25 on Wednesday.
Bangladesh, Korea and Japan jointly organised the side event.
Mahmud said Bangladesh has taken initiatives to tackle climate change and installed over five million solar systems. “It is still one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change,” he reiterated.
The minister said the impact of climate change is now visible in Bangladesh.
“Sea levels are rising and salinity is increasing in coastal areas. Desertification has affected some areas. The ice of the Himalayas, the main source of water in Bangladesh, is melting fast. As a result, Bangladesh is now facing a multi-dimensional threat due to climate change,” he said.
Bangladesh has prepared an action plan for tackling the climate change and undertaken 720 domestically funded projects.
Hasan said Bangladesh is a small country with a large population. “Our priority sectors are education and health but we cannot focus on them due to climate change,” he said.
Two in-laws, who reportedly had an extra-marital affair, allegedly killed themselves at a village in the sadar upazila.
The deceased are Pinki, 19, wife of Ramproshad Pramanik of Batajor village and Sagor Biswas, 22, son of Shyamol Biswas of sadar upazila of Jhenaidah.
Locals said Pinki returned to her house at Batajor from her parent’s residence in Narail on Wednesday afternoon. Sagor, a relative of Pinki’s elder brother’s in-laws, came to Pinki’s house from Jhenidah.
Pinki’s husband Horiproshad returned from the market at night and found their bodies hanging from the ceiling.
Saiful Islam, OC of Magura Sadar Police Station, said they have lodged a case over the incident and sent the bodies to a hospital for autopsy.
He said they are investigating the incident.
Every year, nearly 8,00,000 people kill themselves and there are many more people who attempt suicide, according to WHO.
Data from the police headquarters show that the rate of suicides is increasing. In 2017, about 30 people on average took their own lives every day.