Fight against illegal medical establishments to improve the quality of services: Minister of Health

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Health Minister Zahid Maleque said on Wednesday that the government had launched a campaign against unlicensed private clinics, diagnostic centers and hospitals across the country to improve the quality of health services.

“There are 11,000 diagnostic centers in the country…we are campaigning against illegal diagnostic centers to prevent victimization and harassment in health facilities,” he said during a discussion at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in Dhaka, reports BSS.

Maleque said both public and private hospitals play an important role in providing treatment facilities to the people.

He said Bangladesh has become a model for controlling the coronavirus as the country has successfully managed three waves of the deadly virus.

“As almost the whole world was struggling to fight the deadly virus…we took multiple measures under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to protect people’s lives from the disease,” he said.

The health minister said: “Bangladesh has so far inoculated nearly 260 million doses of vaccines.”

He attributed control of the third wave of COVID-19 that hit Bangladesh in mid-January this year to the expansion of vaccination coverage, including booster doses.

On May 26, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) issued a notification to seal all unauthorized clinics and diagnostic centers across the country within 72 hours.

The health authority said legal action would be taken against those involved in illegally running diagnostic centers and clinics.

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