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BGMEA calls for govt support, NGOs to improve workers' health

Staff Correspondent
13 Feb 2024 19:20:35 | Update: 13 Feb 2024 19:20:35
BGMEA calls for govt support, NGOs to improve workers' health
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Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan emphasised the importance of ensuring the health and well-being of workers for the sustainable development of the ready-made garment (RMG) industry.

He urged the government along with NGOs and development partners to come forward with more support to improve the health and welfare of the garment workers.

Faruque came up with the call while addressing a workshop titled "Strengthening nutrition services for RMG workers through Workforce Nutrition Alliance" at a city hotel Tuesday, read a press release.

Additional Secretary at the Health Services Division Dr Md Akhteruzzaman, National Nutrition Services (NNS) Line Director Prof Dr Mijanur Rahman, NNS Program Manager Dr Mofijul Islam Bulbul, and GAIN Project Manager GM Reza Sumon also spoke at the event.

In his address, the BGMEA president highlighted the RMG industry's commitment to ensuring the safety, health, nutrition, and overall well-being of the nation's workforce.

He mentioned the various initiatives undertaken by garment factories for worker's well-being, including numerous non-wage benefits such as healthcare centres, eye care facilities, day care centres, fair price shops, alongside initiatives for the community, including schools and hospitals.

The BGMEA president also outlined the efforts and initiatives led by BGMEA to promote the health and well-being of RMG workers.

These initiatives include healthcare centres, maternity rights programs, eye care services and mental health awareness campaigns.

BGMEA operates eight health centres in Dhaka and Gazipur, along with a hospital in Chattogram, providing free-of-cost health services to garment workers.