A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs and the health service division under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday at the secretariat, which will allow freedom fighters to receive medical treatment at all government and specialised hospitals free or at minimal cost.
During the signing ceremony, health minister Mohammad Nasim said that the government had decided to bear the health care costs of all freedom fighters, many of whom were suffering from old age complications.
The memorandum stated that the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs would allocate funds for the initiative and distribute them to Upazila and District Health Complexes and specialised hospitals in Dhaka.
The hospital authorities would then use the funds for the treatment of the freedom fighters.
Liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque said that Tk 15 lakh would initially be distributed among the hospitals on Monday, while the funds would be regularly replenished when hospital authorities apply for reimbursements.
Some of the specialised hospitals included Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital, Shaheed Sheikh Abu Naser Specialised Hospital, Khulna and more.
As a result of the memorandum, the freedom fighters will receive all sorts of healthcare benefits and facilities from the government hospitals, including complimentary treatment, operation and
Committees will be set up at upazila, district, divisional and Dhaka city/specialised hospital levels to oversee the entire process, which will be led by upazila nirbahi officer, additional district administrator, additional deputy commissioners and a joint secretary from
health services division respectively.
Similarly, the funds will be disbursed from the liberation war affairs ministry to the health and family planning officer for upazila level, civil surgeons for district level, hospital director for government hospitals and head of specialised hospitals as the designated personnel to handle the funds.
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