Dhaka, Bangladesh
Plea to cut cost of heart treatment

Plea to cut cost of heart treatment

News Report Though Bangladesh has attained international-standard in heart treatment, the country has major challenge to reduce the cost of the disease and spread the network of heart at divisional and district levels. The government should mull over expanding network of heart treatment across the country to reduce pressure on hospitals in Dhaka city, said physicians BSMMU. By-pass heart surgery at post hospitals like United Hospitals, Square Hospitals, Apollo Hospital and Labaid Cardiac Hospitals cost taka 250,000-350,000. Heart disease has spread in Bangladesh alarmingly. The treatment capacity of heart disease in the Dhaka city has expanded. BSMMU Vice -chancellor professor Dr Kanak Kanti Barua quoting prominent Indian heart surgeon Dr Devi Shethy said the capacity of heart treatment of Bangladeshi physicians in heart treatment has reached world-standard. In recent past, Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader was admitted to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) as he fell sick on the day. Senior Public Relation Officer Abu Naser of Roads and Highways Division said Obaidul Quader, also general secretary of Awami League, complained of breathing problem after Fazr prayers. He was then taken to the BSMMU. BSMMU Vice -chancellor professor Dr Kanak Kanti Barua quoting prominent Indian heart surgeon Dr Devi Shethy said Bangladesh physicians had given the best cardiac treatment to Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader at BSMMU. Indian heart surgeon Dr Devi Shethy told the wife of Mr Obaidul Quader what doctors in the USA and European Union would have provided to cardiac patients at the initial stage, the same treatment Bangladesh cardiologists have provided to Mr Qader. Ailing minister Obaidul Quader, who was at treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University with three blockages in coronary arteries, was taken to Singapore for better treatment following the advice of renowned Indian cardiologist Devi Shetty. An air ambulance carrying Quader took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 4:12 pm. Earlier, renowned Indian cardiologist Dr Devi Shetty examined Quader at the hospital and suggested taking him to another place abroad for better treatment. On Sunday evening, a three-member medical team from Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital arrived here by an air ambulance and examined Quader. Road Transport and Bridges Minister and general secretary of Awami League Obaidul Quader was admitted to the CCU of the hospital on Sunday morning following his breathing complications. The government should set up medical universities and 'centre of excellences in medical science' outside the Dhaka city, particularly at divisional headquarters to reach heath services to countryside. Gonoshasthya Kendra Founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury expressed this view while participating in a TV talk-show in the city recently. He said the government should devise a pragmatic policy to keep doctors at rural levels to reach health services to countryside. The policy makers should come out of the Dhaka-centric development and focus on the peripheral development of the health sector. In Bangladesh doctors are not interested in working in rural areas depriving the poor patients of getting proper treatment. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina last year said that the government has a plan to set up a medical university in every division of the country. Sheikh Hasina was addressing a function after laying the foundation stone of the Super Specialised Hospital of Bangabanhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). The Prime Minister also opened the new structures constructed under the Centre of Excellence Project at BSMMU. The structures include convention centre, doctors' dormitory, and diagnostics and oncology building of the university. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged all the doctors and staff of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) to serve people with dedication. Sheikh Hasina stressed the need for a greater focus on medical research at the university. Sheikh Hasina hoped that the Super Specialised Hospital will be a full-fledged research centre. Hasina said the Awami League government established the country's first medical university, BSMMU, in 1997 facing many challenges. Assuming power in 2009, her government also set up two more medical universities in Chattogram and Rajshahi, and started the process to establish Sylhet Medical University. She said that a bill will be placed in the Jatiya Sangsad to set up the Sylhet Medical University. She said her government established five medical colleges at a time and has already given approval to set up four new medical colleges in Noagaon, Netrakona, Magura and Nilphamari. Besides, the government will give approval to another medical college in Chandpur. All public and private medical colleges from Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions will have to be affiliated with the Rajshahi Medical University, while the medical colleges from Chattogram and Sylhet with the respective divisional medical universities. The medical colleges, except Dhaka Medical College, from all other divisions, including Mymensingh, Khulna and Barishal, must be affiliated with the BSMMU. Dhaka Medical College will remain affiliated with Dhaka University. Sheikh Hasina said it is necessary to monitor whether quality doctors come out from the medical colleges. She emphasised construction of a separate dormitory for nurses alongside doctors' dormitory at the BSMMU. The Prime Minister said the government continues implementation of many plans to turn BSMMU into a centre of excellence. Focusing on the socio-economic development, she said her government has been able reach all sorts of services to the doorsteps of the people in the country in the last nine and a half years after assuming power in 2009.

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