As with the global scenario of changes in health, the spectrum of health situation has also been changing in Bangladesh over the time. Rapid population growth, increasing urbanization and major shifts in disease patterns prevailing in the country contribute to these changes. Increasing the incidence of environmental degradation due to air, water and industrial pollution and deteriorating living conditions pose significant adverse impact on public health. Increased concentration of arsenic in subsoil water in some areas of the country also poses a potential public health hazard. Increasing the incidence of cancer and conditions related to substance abuse, including consumption of tobacco, alcohol and narcotics etc. exacerbate the disease burden of the population. Tobacco related diseases (Cancer) have been identified by the WHO as one of the most serious emerging problems in this century.
Providing health care to the citizens of Bangladesh is the constitutional obligation of the Government. The main thrust of health program me has been in the provision of Primary Health Care (PHC) services which has been recognized as a key approach to attain “Health for All” at the shortest possible time. Despite devoting a fair amount of effort to improve the quality of health care, much remains to be desired in both primary and specialized health care services.
Brig. Gen. Dr. Syed Fazle Rahim (Ret)
Ahsania Mission Cancer and General Hospital