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Divisional cities to get full-fledged cancer treatment centres

Published: September 17, 2019 16:31:29 | Updated: September 19, 2019 19:49:26


ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presiding over the 6th ECNEC meeting of the current fiscal year at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area on Tuesday. -PID Photo

The government is going to 100-bed full-fledged cancer treatment centres in the eight divisional medical college hospitals to ensure medical treatment for the marginal groups.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved a project involving Tk 23.88 billion in this regard, reports BSS.

The approval came up at the 6th ECNEC meeting of the current fiscal year with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair held at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area on Tuesday.

Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said Health Services Division under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will implement the project for setting cancer treatment centers project by September 2022.

According to the recent estimation of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), around 150,000 people are infected with cancer every year in Bangladesh the rate is increasing every year.

The objectives of the project objectives include detecting cancer at the very early stage and thus ensure proper treatment, bringing the marginalised people under cancer treatment through decentralisation of the treatment facilities.

The main project operations include constructing 17-storey buildings in all divisional medical college hospitals involving Taka 14.06 billion, procuring cancer treatment and surgery equipments with Taka 8.88 billion, and procuring necessary vehicles, ambulance and furniture.

The planning minister informed that a total of 8 projects were approved today involving an overall cost of Taka 89.68 billion.

“Of the total project cost, Taka 89.52 billion will come from the state exchequer while the rest of Taka 154.9 million from project assistance,”

Among the approved eight projects, five are new while three are revised projects.

At the very outset of the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan on behalf of his ECNEC colleagues congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with flower bouquet for receiving the Dr APJ Kalam Smriti International Excellence Award 2019.

Turning to the implementation status of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) during the July-August period of the current fiscal year, Mannan said the ADP implementation reached 4.48 per cent with Taka 96.26 billion during this two-month period.

The ADP implementation rate during the July-August period of the last fiscal year was 3.49 percent with Taka 33.08 billion.

The Planning Minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the meeting said that the government is widening and strengthening every road and highway in the country and such operation would continue in future also.

The Prime Minister directed the authorities concerned to implement the roads and highways development works maintaining due standard side by side avoiding the homesteads of poor people in case of constructing roads, even if possible slightly changing the road alignments.

The Premier also vowed to further strengthen the Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) to boost the project monitoring and Evaluation capacity.

She renewed her directives to keep necessary water bodies and ponds while constructing any infrastructure side by side remaining alert about the price during procurement of project related various items.

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