Published On:2015-12-09 12:00:00

Valerie Taylor, Hosne Ara honoured


Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh (PHFBD) and faith Bangladesh honoured Dr Valerie Ann Taylor, founder and coordinator of Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), and Prof Dr Hosne Ara Begum, executive director of Thengamara Mohila Sajub Sangha (TMSS), with the Public Health Foundation Award this year.
The PHFBD awarded them at the closing ceremony of a two-day scientific conference on health on Tuesday organised marking the third Public Health Foundation Day, says a press release.
National Professor Dr Abdul Malik, founder and president of National Heart Foundation Hospital and Research Institute, was present at the function as the chief guest. Daily Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman and icddr,b deputy executive director Dr Abbas Bhuiya were the special guests.
PHFBD chairman Prof Dr M Muzaherul Huq and CEO Prof Dr Sharmeen Yasmeen and Faith Bangladesh Vice-Chairperson Nilufer Ahmed Karim also spoke at the function.
Dr Malik called for giving more focus on prevention of diseases, rather than their cure and establishment of health facilities, for tackling diseases. “Establishment of hospitals is not the answer (to diseases), the answer is prevention,” he said.
Malik said the attention of Bangladesh is shifting from communicable diseases to non-communicable disease (NDCs) as NDCs have appeared as the major causes of deaths. He laid emphasis on training of physicians, nurses and paramedics on NDCs to fight the diseases.


Matiur Rahman highlighted several irregularities in the health education sector and urged all concerned to maintain the quality in the field.
Muzaherul Huq said government allocation for health sector in Bangladesh is very low and even that allocation does not reach majority of the people as government health activities concentrate on capital.

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