The Story of Quazi Maksudur Rahman

The Story of Quazi Maksudur Rahman

My name is Quazi Maksudur Rahman. I pursued my Bachelor Degree in Public Health (BPH) and Master Degree in Public Health (MPH) as well as continuing my Master of Philosophy (MPhil) from the Department of Public Health and Informatics, Jahangirnagar University. As a public health enthusiast, currently I am working as a Lecturer in the Department of Public Health at Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology. 

As a citizen of Bangladesh as well as residing and working in the urban territory of Dhaka city, I would like to share about some impact of rapid urbanization on public health. Rapid urbanization has the potential to cause various public health crises due to various factors. In metropolitan areas with high population densities, the risk of infectious diseases may increase because of cramped living conditions. The increasing number of waterborne diseases and water contamination is a consequence of the lack of waste disposal and sanitation infrastructure in rapidly urbanizing communities.

Moreover, urbanization can cause an increase in industrialization and traffic, which can result in elevated levels of air pollution. This can result in respiratory problems and other health issues. The development of healthcare facilities may be behind schedule due to rapid urbanization, resulting in limited access to essential medical services for some residents. The presence of urban lifestyles can lead to sedentary behaviors, unhealthy eating, and stress, which can lead to non-communicable diseases like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The effects of rapid urbanization can exacerbate social and economic inequalities, leading to health disparities between different population groups.

Rapid urbanization has created several public health issues that must be managed. These crises call for extensive urban planning, investments in healthcare infrastructure, improvements in sanitation, and the implementation of laws that support healthy living circumstances by giving special attention to urban health and I would like to voice this issue through the Bangladesh Urban Health Network. Additionally, Collaboration between governments, public health experts, and urban planners are necessary to address this complex situation.