The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a grant of Tk 1,98,81,000 to augment facilities against novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in 134 urban primary health centers, also called Nogor Swastho Kendro, across the country.
The health centers are providing primary healthcare services to the urban poor under the ADB-supported Urban Primary Health Care Services Delivery Project in nine city corporations and 4 municipalities.
A press release issued by Gobinda Bar, Team Leader of External Relations of Dhaka office at Asian Development Bank, came up with the information on Saturday (May 30).
“We are pleased to provide this grant assistance to further strengthen government’s efforts in managing the COVID-19 pandemic and delivering related services to the people,” said ADB Country Director Manmohan Parkash.
“This initiative will be a model of providing both COVID and non-COVID-related healthcare services for over 8 million urban poor through Nogor Swastho Kendro in Bangladesh. The program will also create awareness about COVID-19 prevention and management and help the health workers and doctors to detect and treat patients early,” Parkash added.
The assistance will help set up hand washing stations and screening booths, provide WHO standard personal protective equipment (PPE) suits to about 2,700 doctors and health workers working under the project, launch awareness programs about COVID-19 prevention and management, and provide training on COVID-19 detection and treatment to health workers and doctors.