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Call for action to turn Chittagong into a healthy city

  • Published at 12:15 am January 21st, 2021
A rickshaw van, carrying passengers, wades through waist-deep water amidst rain as a covered van follows its lead in Muradpur area of Chittagong city on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Focus Bangla

Speakers made the call during an event organized by World Vision Bangladesh on Wednesday

Speakers at the program highlighted the need for increasing civic amenities in order to turn Chittagong into a healthy city in the truest sense of the term.

They made the call during a program organized by World Vision Bangladesh, an NGO, held at a local hotel in Chittagong on Wednesday to raise awareness about its Healthy City & Safer City program. 

The chief guest, Md Mizanur Rahman, additional divisional commissioner of Chittagong, said that a healthy city does not only mean infrastructural development. 

“It is a matter of grave concern that the open spaces of the city are shrinking alarmingly. The playgrounds are disappearing fast. 

“As a result, the children have no way to ease their stresses and strains, and they are suffering from depression. The citizens should also have the civic sense for making a city healthy, the Chittagong additional divisional commissioner added.

Referring to WHO’s definition of a healthy city, he said: “A healthy city is one that is continuously creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources. 

“And this enables the people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential.”

Echoing the same, Chittagong Civil Surgeon Dr Sheikh Fazle Rabbi, the special guest at the program, requested everyone to leave a habitable world for posterity.

While presiding over the program, Rober Komol Sarker said that as many as 37,800 people of 9,000 families will benefit from the Healthy City & Safer City program, which will be implemented in the port city from 2021-2025.     

Among others development workers, human rights activists, journalists and community leaders also participated in the event.