The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing US$231,178 grant to augment novel corona virus disease (COVID-19) related facilities in 134 urban primary health centres, also called Nogor Swastho Kendro, across the country.
The health centres are providing primary healthcare services to the urban poor under the ADB-supported Urban Primary Health Care Services Delivery Project in nine city corporations and four municipalities, according to an announcement, issued by the ADB on Saturday.
The assistance will help set up hand washing stations and screening booths, provide WHO standard personal protective equipment (PPE) suits to about 2,700 doctors and health workers working under the project.
It will also help launch awareness programmes about COVID-19 prevention and management, and provide training on COVID-19 detection and treatment to health workers and doctors.
“We are pleased to provide this grant assistance to further strengthen government’s efforts in managing the COVID-19 pandemic and delivering related services to the people,” Manmohan Parkash, Country Director of Bangladesh, said in the announcement.
“This initiative will be a model of providing both COVID and non-COVID-related healthcare services for over 8 million urban poor through Nogor Swastho Kendroin Bangladesh.”