Shishu Hospital, Child Health Institute to merge, cabinet okays bill

Staff Correspondent | Published: 02:41, Feb 18,2020


The cabinet on Monday approved the draft of ‘Bangladesh Shishu Hospital and Institute Bill 2020’, stipulating a merger of Dhaka Shishu Hospital and Bangladesh Institute Child Health under an autonomous body.

The Dhaka Shishu Hospital, established in 1977, became an autonomous institute under an ordinance promulgated in 2008 by the then interim government as the hospital for the children was not instituted initially under any legal framework, according to officials.

The health services division placed the bill in the weekly cabinet meeting chaired by prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her Tejgaon office.

‘The cabinet has approved in principle Bangladesh Shishu Hospital and Institute Bill 2020 stipulating the merger of Dhaka Shishu Hospital and the Bangladesh Institute of Child Health established under an autonomous body,’ cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told a press briefing at the secretariat. 

He said a 12-member governing board led by the chairman would run the child hospital and institute while a director would work as the chief executive for the single autonomous entity from now on.

The cabinet secretary said that the proposed law would be more comprehensive and would ensure better service delivery for child patients.

At least 30 seats would be reserved for child patients of poor families, he mentioned referring to a provision of the bill.

The Bangladesh Institute of Child Health was established in 1983 as an academic wing of Dhaka Shishu Hospital.

The cabinet also approved the draft of a cooperation agreement on issues of education and cultural affairs to be signed with Greece, Anwarul said.

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