India-Bangladesh sign financial agreement on community clinics in Bangladesh

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Apr 8 (ANI): India and Bangladesh on Saturday inked a financing agreement under which funds will be provided by New Delhi for the construction of community clinics in Bangladesh. The agreement was signed by the Indian High Commissioner on behalf of the Government of India, and the Secretary, Economic Relations Division, on behalf of the Ministry of Finance (MoF), Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. As per terms of the agreement, India will assist in facilitating the construction of 36 community clinics across Bangladesh. The concept of community clinics was introduced by Prime Minister Hasina to enable primary health care to be easily available to people all over rural Bangladesh. The system has benefited thousands of people and has become an integral part of the country's health system. At present, 13, 136 clinics have been set up as of June 2016 and the number is gradually increasing. Medical officers have been visiting the clinics periodically and providing services in all complicated cases. Clinics are provided with laptops and internet connection as well. The Bangladesh Prime Minister is on a four-day visit to India. The two countries also signed 22 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) following delegation level talks between the two sides here. (ANI)