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Public health will also be included to NAP: Saber

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16 Apr 2024 20:28:45 | Update: 16 Apr 2024 20:28:45
Public health will also be included to NAP: Saber
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Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury on Tuesday said public health will also be included in the National Adaptation Plan (NAP).

"Health issues were not included in the 113 agendas of NAP. Now we are considering including health issues to NAP. Environment has a relation with public health," he told reporters after a meeting.

Chairman and first secretary of the Climate Health and Environment Group at the Swedish Embassy in Dhaka Dr Daniel Novak met Environment Minister Saber Hossain at his secretariat office, reports BSS.

Environment Secretary Farhina Ahmed and First Secretary of the Swedish Embassy Nayoka Martinez-Backström were present, among others.

Saber Hossain said a new NAP could not be formulated now but his ministry wants to bring the health issue in the current structure of NAP.

He said the Swedish Embassy in Dhaka has been working on this issue for a long time.

"They have already given us some of their recommendations. So I spoke to them about how we can move forward with this matter. We will not formulate a separate health NAP but want to add the health issue to the present NAP," he said.

The minister said, "We want to strengthen the development relations with Sweden in this area."

He said when the issues of floods, cyclones, sea level rise, salinity and food security are discussed, the health issue comes too.

"There is a negative impact on the coastal areas and the women living there. As such, the issue of public health arises. Due to salinity and fresh water shortages in the coastal region it puts people’s health at risk," Saber Hossain said.