Acknowledging these efforts and qualification of the CPs, the Civil Surgeons of the GoB in Rangpur and Sylhet Divisions have also particularly selected CPs for the collection of nasal swab samples from potential COVID-19 patients. On an average 8/10 samples are collected daily in Sunamganj district. This is a very important and skill-intensive service that can contribute substantially in tackling the current public health crisis. Such an acknowledgement of CPs competency has strengthened the project’s efforts in emphasizing the importance of CP services in the healthcare system of the country.
Achieving Sustainability Towards Healthcare Access (ASTHA) has been facilitating the professional CP training program and working with the public and private sectors to promote and enhance CP services to ensure access to quality primary healthcare in Bangladesh.