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Budget FY25: Tk 414.07 billion proposed for health sector

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Considering the health sector as a priority, Finance Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali has proposed an allocation of Taka 414.07 billion for the Health and Family Welfare sector in the next fiscal year 2024-2025.

The allocation for the health sector was Taka 380.51 billion in the fiscal year 2023-2024.

While placing the budget in the next fiscal year, the finance minister said, "For the advancement of the medical sector, the Father of the Nation established the Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC) in 1972 and also specified its functions."

He said noteworthy functions include the development and organization of scientific research in various disciplines of health sciences, development and streamlining of scientific research in various disciplines of health, reproductive health and nutrition to identify issues and problems related to medical and health care needs and to take measures aimed at proper application and utilization of medical research results.

Following the principles of Father of the Nation, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has undertaken and implemented extensive development programs in medical science research in the last 15 years.

Ensuring universal health and nutrition is one of the basic principles of our government, the finance minister said adding, "We are working to implement this principle. Specially, we are working diligently to build a healthy, strong and lively population by providing affordable quality Health, Nutrition and Family Welfare (HNP) services to the public."

"We have already achieved commendable progress in the development of health, nutrition and family welfare sectors," he also said, adding despite resource constraints, Bangladesh has demonstrated remarkable success in achieving health-related MDG targets.

 "Inspired by this, we have been working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and the goals of the Perspective Plan by 2041 and ensure smart health services," the Finance Minister added.

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