Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today expressed her support towards two children for each family and differed with the second part of the population control slogan which favours one child policy.
The main slogan is 'not more than two, one is better'.
"The countries which followed such kind of slogans have been turned into a country of elderly people," she said while addressing officials of the health ministry during her visit to the ministry at Bangladesh Secretariat in the morning.
The premier said she does not consider the country's population as burden rather it could be turned into a valuable asset for the country if proper education and healthcare services are ensured for the people.
"Many consider country's population as burden. But, to me the population is not burden rather it could be turned into a great asset for the country if they are provided with proper education and healthcare services," she said.
In this connection, the prime minister directed the authorities concerned of the health and family welfare ministry to conduct a campaign excluding the last part of the slogan--\'one is better\'-- considering the future generation.
"There is only medical university in Dhaka which was established by the Awami League government during its tenure from 1996 to 2001. Initially such a university should be set up in Chittagong and Rajshahi," she said.
"But I think there is a necessity for establishing a medical university in all divisions gradually. Otherwise quality education and training for the doctors won't be ensured. Insha Allah we would make such arrangements," she added.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim and Health Secretary MN Niazuddin also spoke on the occasion, while State Minister for Health Zahid Malek was present.
Stressing the need for giving more importance to child hospitals, the prime minister also said that the government has planned to set up a separate child hospital in every division. As part of the plan, she said, the work on establishing a child hospital in Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barisal is going on.
"There is a separate child ward in every divisional and district hospital. But we should be more careful about the treatment of the children," she said.