Slum clinic elates disadvantaged children, their families in Bangladesh capital

20:20, September 27, 2010      

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Thousands of disadvantaged people in a slum in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka have now better access to basic health care as a local charitable organization has set a clinic to offer them free treatment and medicines.

The organization -- Rights and Sights for Children (RSC) -- as part of its efforts to serve the disadvantaged children and their families set up the clinic nearly one month ago in the slum namely Kalyanpur Pora Basti at the northern part of Dhaka.

The RSC officials said they provide primary health care facilities in the clinic for the dwellers of the slum, which is home to over 20,000 people.

The RSC, working since 1996 in different districts of Bangladesh, is also running another clinic in another Dhaka slum.

"We usually provide primary health care services to the slum children and their families, which are underprivileged," Ishtiak Ahmed, a doctor of the clinic, told Xinhua Monday.

He said, "Our main purpose is to aware of slum dwellers how to better take care of their children from various diseases."

A large number patients everyday visit the medium-sized clinic for free treatment and medicines for them or their children. Most of the slum dwellers, who came for treatment in the clinic, say they are not capable to bear the cost of treatment at any private clinic in the city.

A young lady Momena, who uses single name, like many others came to the clinic Monday for treatment of her baby girl who has been suffering from cold and fever.

"I'm so happy getting free treatment and medicines," she said.

"They are providing us really very good services," she said, adding the clinic has made an opportunity for her and many others of the slum, who are not at all capable to bear the cost for treatment at a private clinic, to get health care facilities.

A large number of Bangladesh's around 162 million people, particularly in rural and urban slum areas, still remained with no or little access to health care facilities.

Bangladesh has reportedly around five physicians and two nurses for every 10,000 people.

Source: Xinhua


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