Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday called upon doctors to extend medical services to the people at the grassroots to pay due respects to Shaheed Dr Shamsul Alam Khan Milon, a martyr of the anti-autocracy movement.
"Shaheed Dr Milon was an honest, dedicated, patriotic and noble person who used to dream of extending medical services to the poor of remote areas of the country. Doctors should discharge their duties at the grassroots level if they have any respect for Dr Milon," he said.
Mohammad Nasim said this while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion organised by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) at its Dr Milon auditorium marking the 25th anniversary of martyrdom of Dr Shamsul Alam Khan Milon.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon attended the discussion as the special guest.
The Health Minister said, "Bangladesh has been marching ahead, which has also been stated by the World Bank. There was an attempt to destabilise the country. The forces loyal to independence have to resist this sort of evil design."
Welcoming BNP's decision to participate in the coming pourasabha (municipal) polls, Mohammad Nasim, also a presidium member of the ruling Awami League, said, "Our party is always ready in the field of polls. We, the ministers, may not take part in electioneering but there should be a scope for the lawmakers to participate in the local body polls campaign."
Rashed Khan Menon said the supreme sacrifice of Dr Milon led the anti-autocracy movement to its ultimate goal and Bangladesh could hold its head high in the world now under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for restoration of democracy in the country following the spilling of his blood on the street.
BSMMU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Quamrul Hasan Khan chaired the discussion, also addressed, among others, by Dr Milon's mother Selina Akhter, former secretary general of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Dr Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, BMA president Prof Dr Mahmud Hasan and Awami League health and population affairs secretary Dr Badiuzzaman Bhuiyan Dublew. BSMMU syndicate member Dr Harisul Haque presented the life-sketch of Shaheed Dr Milon at the discussion. -BSS