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RMG workers, slum-dwellers get free medical consultations

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
RMG workers, slum-dwellers get free medical consultations

Digital Healthcare Solutions (DH), a social business committed to ensuring ‘Health For All’, has partnered with USAID’s MaMoni Maternal and Newborn Care Strengthening Project to provide free doctor consultations to RMG workers, slum-dwellers.

The project ‘Emergency Response to COVID-19 Pandemic’ implemented by Save the Children in association with factories under BEPZA and BGMEA to serve 150,000 marginalized people of Bangladesh, including the RMG workers and slum dwellers of Dhaka, Gazipur, Narayanganj and Narsingdi, said a press release.

Starting from February 1, the project will provide free doctor consultations along with the free Surokkhito package with up to Tk 20,000 Free Health Cashback*.

Digital Hospital (the social brand of Digital Healthcare Solutions) and USAID funded MaMoni Maternal and Newborn Care Strengthening Project are setting up digital doctor booths at 7 factories of Dhaka and its surrounding areas of Gazipur, Narayanganj, and Narsingdi.

 RMG workers of these factories will now be able to consult with specialist doctors of Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Dermatology, and Psychology for themselves and their families via Video calls, completely free of cost, at these Digital Doctor booths.

Apart from this, a total of 41, day-long Health Camps with MBBS doctors will also be set up at various RMG factories and slums where people of the surrounding areas will be able to directly consult with the doctors regarding various health-related issues.

Some 150,000 people will also be registered under the Surokkhito package for free; where they will have 24/7 access to Doctor Call via 08 000 111 000 (toll-free) apart from Doctor Video Calls through the Digital Hospital app, Free Health Cashback* up to Tk. 20,000 and Free Life insurance of Tk.

10,000 for 3 months.

Andrew Smith, CCO of Digital Healthcare Solutions says, “The Ready Made Garment sector in Bangladesh is a huge part of the economy and society – the largest export driver, and largest employer of women. The COVID pandemic caused major economic and social impacts, with billions of dollars of orders paused in 2020, and hundreds of thousands of women unable to earn, and afraid to go to healthcare facilities due to the virus.”

“So, we are proud to support this great initiative from US AID and Save the Children, in Partnership with BGMEA and BEPZA, to provide a comprehensive package of healthcare support to RMG workers, and to mothers and families in urban slums. Health for all, and also supporting a key industry for the future of Bangladesh,” he added.

Umme Salma Jahan Meena, Chief of Party, USAID’s MaMoni MNCSP says, “Given the current challenges in accessing essential healthcare services, we felt that this intervention was much needed. We have been working in the maternal and newborn healthcare sector for quite some time and our data says, people are hesitant to visit healthcare centers fearing contraction of COVID-19 virus.”

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