Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed the need for collective efforts for ensuring universal health coverage (UHC), saying that its benefits are global and fundamental to development.
“Benefits of universal health coverage are global and we need to work collectively,” she said while delivering the national statement at the plenary session of the High-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) at the Trusteeship Council in the UN Headquarters here on Monday afternoon local time.
The premier added: “Collaboration amongst stakeholders around a common goal like universal health coverage is fundamental to our development … we should work together to achieve health for all.”
Pointing out that health is an integral part of the development journey, she said it is essential for continued socio-economic progress.
“Ensuring ‘Universal Health Coverage’ for all has assumed greater importance. It also helps ensure access to quality health services without adding financial hardship on the disadvantaged people in particular,” she said.
In Bangladesh, the premier mentioned that in the face of all constraints and limitations, the government has developed innovative ways to ensure universal health coverage for all.
She said that government’s comprehensive support to health sector today includes risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.