Long understaffed by doctors and facilities overstretched, services at the country's first specialised hospital for treatment of mental illnesses have further been diminished over the last few months due to the Covid outbreak. Amidst the global pandemic fallout, World Mental Health Day is being observed today with the goal of increased investment in mental health programmes at the national and international levels. The bed public hospital is running with general beds and paying ones, said the hospital director, Dr ATM M Morshed. Due to the pandemic, we have had to cut down indoor services in the hospital," he told The Daily Star. Currently, new patients are only admitted every Monday and first taken to the isolation unit before being shifted to beds after one week to avoid the risk of Covid spreading among existing patients, he said.
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Bangladeshi women have come a long way in terms of economic and social empowerment. Yet beneath these encouraging statistics, we find some unexpected anomalies that call for serious attention. The Gonoshasthya Kendra project in Bangladesh has made great progress over the past four decades in breaking the cycle of poverty and poor health through its network of affordable rural health-care units. Despite significant progress in recent years, Bangladesh has the highest prevalence of child marriage in South Asia and ranks among 10 countries in the world with the highest levels. However, to achieve the The taboo around menstrual health is still as prevalent in the society of Bangladesh as it was for many years — despite the issue concerning half of the population. These taboos emerge from an absence of proper awareness and management of menstrual hygiene, causing more complications to the already sensitive and painful occurrence.
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Only three days into their marriage, on March 26 this year, Shanu Khatun's husband Abdul Motaleb and his family members threw acid on her face over dowry. Shanu can no longer breathe through her nose as lower part of her face including the nose is now disfigured. While the public medical facilities have been providing limited services amid the situation caused by Covid pandemic, Shanu's poor family has not been able to afford the reconstructive surgeries she requires. In the meantime, ten months after the attack that shook the young woman's life to the core, the law has yet to bring the perpetrators to book.
Schoolboy murdered in Rangpur : A high school student was murdered after he was called out from his home in Badarganj municipality town of Rangpur. Discovering the body, locals said Nayan was likely killed after a solid object was used to hit him on the back of his head. Badarganj police station OC Arif Ali said the incident is being investigated. The deceased were Shahed Ali, 62, and Md Sirajuddin,