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At least one lakh people die of Cancer in Bangladesh every year while 1.5 lakh people get affected afresh, whereas the number of Doctors comparing to the patients is very negligible.
Speakers revealed the data at a conference styled “Community Oncology Conference’ organised by Community Oncology Foundation of Bangladesh’ at the auditorium of Bishwa Shahittya Kendra, Shahbag, Dhaka. They observed that the treatment of cancer is mainly city based at public or private hospitals, people have to wait in long queue for treatment and the treatment cost is abnormally high at the private clinics that’s why ultimately the cancer care is going beyond the capacity of the marginal people.
Mentioning that cancer is detected much later because of the lack of detection facility and the Doctors are failing to heel the patients due to delayed treatment, speakers urged the concerned authorities to decentralize the cancer care facility and to build ‘Community based oncology care system’.
Chairman of the Guyane Oncology department of BSMMU, Prof. Sabera Khatun presided over the conference while Head of the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Associate Professor of National Cancer Research Institute, Dr. Md. Habibullah Talukder Rashkin presented concept paper in the conference.
Director, Institute of health Economics, University of Dhaka, Prof. Syed Abdul Hamid, Secretary General of the Foundation, Prof. Saria Tasneem, Chairman of Surgical Oncology Department of BSMMU, Sayefuddin, Dr. Arun Shahee, Journalist Nadira Kiron, Yeasmin Peu, Hasu Akter Beuty, Faisal Ahmed also spoke on the occasion. Dr. Hamid stressed on introducing insurance for the cancer patients.
Speakers recommended to implement the global policy of introducing limited scope of cancer detection along with the primary healthcare program of the government, introducing Early Cancer Detection Center (ECDC) at Upazila level, opening cancer treatment and detection at district level, introducing full-fledged cancer department at every public and private medical colleges.