A new protocol has been developed to prevent the non communicable diseases (NCD) which will be implemented at the primary health care facility level shortly in Bangladesh.
It has been developed by the Non Communicable Disease Control (NCDC) Programme of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) with the assistance from Association of Physicians of Bangladesh (APB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and World Health Organisation (WHO). The protocol is being developed in line with the WHO Package of Essential Non Communicable Disease Interventions (WHO PEN) for primary care in low-resource settings that can be delivered to an acceptable quality of care, even in resource-poor settings.
This disease management protocol has been intended to be used by the primary health care physicians at the primary health care delivery centres across Bangladesh as a component of the Essential Service Package (ESP).
As part of the protocol, the patients that will be diagnosed with hypertension and diabetes will be counseled about living a healthy lifestyle and provided with required expensive anti-hypertensive and anti-diabetic drugs at free of cost.