Three out of four individuals in Bangladesh run the risk of developing cardiac diseases. Doctors voice out their worries on cardiovascular diseases that have become a cause of increasing concern for the country. Poorly controlled blood pressure is a condition that, once diagnosed, need lifelong treatment - otherwise patients may end up with disability or even death.
The discussion on cardiac disease especially among the corporate executives comes to the fore one again as a female official of a bank has recently died of cardiac arrest at her workstation in Dhaka. It was a matter of great sorrow that, none of her colleagues could come and help due to lack of knowledge on giving basic first aid on heart attack (CPR treatment).
Against this backdrop, BRAC Bank arranged a healthcare awareness programme for its officials of North Gulshan Area in Dhaka. Prof. Dr. Md. Badrul Alam, former Dept. Head of Cardiology, Sir Salimullah Medical College, conducted the session demonstrating and explaining the effective and established ways to treat patients suffering from cardiac-related problems.
Commenting on the healthcare awareness session, Bilquis Jahan, Head of Human Resources said: “At BRAC Bank, we believe our employees are our biggest assets. We try to do whatever we can ensure a healthy and conducive working environment. Awareness is key to healthcare. Of late, cardiovascular disease has become prevalent in Bangladesh. So, awareness about healthy lifestyles and preparedness of the employees have become of paramount importance. Employee wellbeing has always been our key focus at BRAC Bank. I believe this session will help the employees respond appropriately to cardiac arrest incidents at the workplace.”
“As we aim to become as the best employer of choice, we are relentlessly working to ensure workplace safety and security of our employees”, she added.