There is a growing number of older people in Canada who need skilled nurses, doctors and technologists in Canada to provide better care. Therefore, Canada has expressed interest in taking the required number of nurses and health workers from Bangladesh, said Health Minister Dr. Samant Lal Sen.
On Wednesday (February 7) afternoon, the Canadian High Commissioner appointed to Bangladesh in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, H.E. He said these things after meeting with Lily Nicholas.
The Health Minister said that Canada High Commission has expressed interest in taking required number of nurses and health workers from Bangladesh. However, these nurses or health workers must be skilled at international standards. For this, the Canada High Commissioner has expressed interest in setting up an advanced and world-class Nurse Teachers Training Center in Bangladesh on behalf of the Canadian government.
The Health Minister said to the Canadian High Commissioner that Bangladesh currently has 95,000 educated nurses who can play a role in the health care of any country in the world. But they need to be properly trained to make them more efficient and world class. For this we will need skilled trainers. In this regard, the initiative taken by the Canadian government to establish a high-quality teacher training center in Bangladesh is commendable. Several plans have been undertaken by the Bangladesh government to modernize the nursing profession. Along with the initiative of Bangladesh, the nursing sector of Bangladesh will be made international with the support of the Canadian government.
In the discussion, the Canadian High Commissioner mentioned that a large number of cesarean babies are born in the medical system in Bangladesh, especially in private hospitals. At the same time, he also talked about preventing child marriage, making sanitary napkins available to village girls.
Health Minister said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has brought the health care system to the very marginal level through more than 14 thousand community clinics in Bangladesh. At the same time, institutional delivery system facilities for rural mothers have been enhanced, including provision of free sanitary napkins to rural girls from nearly 4,000 union health centers in the country. These health centers are being worked to bring under 24 hours service said Health Minister Dr. Samant Lal Sen.
The health sector budget is only 1 percent and Canada’s health sector budget is 12 percent. When the Canadian High Commissioner asked the Minister of Health whether Bangladesh can ensure the health care of such a large number of people with such a low budget and whether any kind of assistance from the Canadian government will be needed in the future, the Health Minister of Bangladesh invited them to take up some more plans in this regard and sit for another meeting. Both the Canadian High Commissioner and Bangladesh Health Minister agreed to meet again later.