Dhaka: Indian Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has deplored gender discrimination in healthcare programmes pursued by South Asian nations, saying it leads to malnutrition and chronic diseases among women and children."Negligence of women`s health puts huge impact on children even when they grow up," he said while participating in a dialogue entitled "Indo-Bangladesh Dialogue on Health and Education: Learning from Neighbours" here Saturday."It leads to high rate of maternal mortality and malnutrition, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases among women and children," he added.
"The Opposition opposes in multi-party democracy. But they would neglect their constructive role if they focus on other issues rather than public welfare, including education and health," he told mediapersons.Renowned Bangladeshi economist Rehman Sobhan, chairman of CPD, said lack of good governance was one of the major problems in Bangladesh and India.Sen launched the Bangladesh Health Watch Report 2009 in the presence of Syed Modasser Ali, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina`s health adviser.IANS