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Rohingyas must return to their own country: Nasim

TANGAIL, Sept 13, 2017 (BSS) - Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim said yesterday the Rohingyas fleeing from violence in the Rakhine state in Myanmar, would have to return their own land.

"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given shelters to the Rohingyas on humanitarian ground. But, they will not be allowed to stay in the country for long period of time and they must return to their own country," he said.

He was addressing an inauguration ceremony of the 'Shashtha Suroksha Karmashuchi' -SSK (Health Protection Activity) at Madhupur and Ghatail upazilas held at Tangail District Auditorium.

Nasim, also a presidium member of the ruling Awami League (AL), distributed free health cards among the poor in the ceremony.

The minister requested the Myanmar government to bring the refugees back to their country at the quickest possible time and stop barbaric killings in the Rakhine state.

He called upon the world community to put pressure on the Myanmar government to take prompt action to bring their men to back, saying, "India, China and rest of the countries will stand by us to this end."

A total of 121 teams have so far been working in Cox's Bazar areas to give medical assistances to the Rohingyas, he also said.

Speaking at the ceremony, the minister said, "All preparations have been made to recruit 10,000 more physicians for providing equitable and inclusive health services in rural and urban areas in the country."

It was also addressed by Dr Abdur Razzak, MP, a Presidium Member of the AL, Zahid Maleque, MP, State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ministry, and Dr Kamrul Islam Khan, Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

"The government is pledge-bound to provide health protection to all and SSK project is a pilot initiative to give health protection to the poor. The poor people will be provided with health card to obtain free health services for 50 diseases," he also said.

"Poor people will also be brought under Taka 50,000 health insurance
coverage for their improved treatment in district hospitals," he also said.

"The government has been providing health services among the rural people through more than 13,000 community clinics for achieving health related sustainable goals by 2030 and ensuring universal health coverage, he added.