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Drive against illegal medical facilities to improve standard of services: Health minister

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Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday said the government has initiated a drive against unauthorised clinics, diagnostic centres and private hospitals across the country for improving the standard of healthcare services.

"There are 11,000 diagnostic centres in the country....we are conducting drive against illegal diagnostic centres to avert victimisation and harassment while receiving healthcare facilities," he told a discussion at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka, reports BSS.

Maleque said both public and private hospitals are playing an important role in providing treatment facilities to the people.

He said Bangladesh has become a role model for controlling coronavirus as the country successfully handled three waves of the deadly virus.

"When almost the entire world was struggling to combat the lethal virus...we have taken multiple measures under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to protect lives of the people from the disease," he said.

The health minister said, "Bangladesh has so far inoculated nearly 260 million doses of vaccines."

He attributed the controlling of the third wave of COVID-19 that hit Bangladesh in mid-January this year, to the expansion of vaccination coverage including booster doses.

On May 26, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) issued a notification to seal all unauthorised clinics and diagnostic centres across the country within 72 hours.

The health authority said legal action will be taken against the persons, who are involved in illegally running diagnostic centres and clinics.

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