Climate change has an impact on child health, says expert in Dhaka
There was a research dissemination event on impact of climate change on children’s health in Dhaka on May 2, 2017. Zahid Malik, state minister for health attended the event as chief guest. While narrating different efforts taken by the government to combat climate change, minister suggested all-out efforts to combat effects on climate change. With the support of Save the Children, climate change cell at the health ministry organized the event.
Eminent economist Dr Kazi Khaliquzzaman Ahmed, Director General (DG) of the Directorate General of Health Service Prof Abul Kalam Azad and Brigadier General A K M Mustafa Kamal Pasha, Commandant of Armed Forces Medical Institute were present as special guests. Md. Rashadul Islam, Secretary of Bangladesh Climate Change Trust, Professor Dr. Mohammod Shahidullah, President of Bangladesh Pediatric Association and Ishtiaq Mannan, Deputy Country Director of Save the Children spoke among others.
Dr Iqbal Kabir, coordinator of the climate change cell at the health ministry presented key findings of the research on child-centred health adaptation. Schools, mainly from coastal districts including Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira, Cox’sbazar and other southern districts took part in the research work. Students were provided training on climate change adaptation issues and awareness level improved among learners.
Dr. Mohammod Shahidullah, President of Bangladesh Pediatric Association expressed concern over the rise of diseases affecting children in Bangladesh due to climatic variability. More localized research on impact of climate change in children’s health was suggested by Ishtiaq Mannan, Deputy Country Director of Save the Children.