Staff Correspondent
Referring that at least 27 percent of patients die from heart diseases in Bangladesh, speakers at an international cardiac conference on Sunday observed that the country is not prepared to treat the alarmingly growing number of cardiac patients.
They said rather it is essential to give more emphasis on the preventive side of heart disease management in Bangladesh.
Universal Cardiac Hospital, formerly Aysha Memorial Cardiac Hospital, organized the ‘2nd International Conference on Cardiocare-2018’ in support with Imperial College School of Medicine, London, at the Pan pacific Sonargaon Hotel in city. Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu attended the conference as chief guest with Chairman of the Universal Cardiac Hospital, Priti Chakraborty in the chair. Md. Serajul Haque Khan, Secretary, Health Services Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, G M Saleh Uddin, Secretary, Medical Education & Family Welfare Division, Prof. Dr. Iqbal Arslan, President of Swadhinata Chikitshak Parisad (Swachip), senior most cardiac Surgeon of the country, Professor S R Khan, Vice Chairman of the Universal Hospital, Engr. Dilip Kumar Paul attended the conference as special guests.
Addressing as chief guest, Information Minister, Hasanul Haque Inu said “I will urge the Prime Minister to increase budgetary allocation in health sector if she wants to keep the health of the nation sound”.
He mentioned that although the government has done huge works in the last 10 years in improving healthcare facilities for the general people but still there is more to do.
“We have got no better hospital in our country specially dedicated for the children, harassment to patients is going on in the hospitals. Taking patients to the countries like India, Singapore, Bangkok involves huge cost which is not possible to bear for the general people, therefore, we need local facilities so we do not have to go abroad, “Inu added.
Thanking Universal Cardiac Hospital authority for arranging the international cardiac conference, Information Minister hoped that the sharing of knowledge and experience in the conference will take the cardiac treatment of the country one step ahead.
“According to the WHO Report, 27 percent of patients die due to heart disease in Bangladesh, this is really frightening, we are at this point quite unprepared to face the large number of patients who will be seeking medical help and treatment facilities for adequate cardiac care”, said Priti Chakraborty, Chairman of the Universal Cardiac Hospital.
She believed that the conference will bring a fruitful impact on the current scenario of cardio care in Bangladesh as renowned cardiologists from home and abroad have discussed about different aspects of cardiac diseases, including its preventive and remedial measures.
Managing Director of the Universal Cardiac Hospital, Dr. Ashish Kumar Chakraborty delivered address of welcome on the occasion.
More than 700 Cardiologists from home and abroad including India, Malaysia, China, took part in the daylong conference.