Published:  02:49 AM, 14 September 2018

PM for more research to prevent diseases

PM for more research to prevent diseases PM Sheikh Hasina addressing a program at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in the city yesterday. -PID

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stressed the need for a greater focus on medical research at Bangabanhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). The Super Specialized Hospital will be a full-fledged research center, she hoped. She also urged all doctors and staff of BSMMU to serve people with dedication.

The premier came up with this call while addressing a program after laying the foundation stone of the Super Specialized Hospital of Bangabanhu Sheikh Mujib  Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday.

She said, "I would like to request all the teachers, doctors, officials, nurses and employees of the university that you dedicate yourselves to providing healthcare services to people. If so, the university will be able to reach its desired destination."

The Prime Minister also opened the new structures constructed under the Centre of Excellence Project at BSMMU, which include convention center, doctors' dormitory, and diagnostics and oncology building of the university. The Prime Minister said she formed a separate fund providing Tk 10 crore when the BSMMU was established so that ultra-poor patients can receive treatment availing of support from the interest of the fund.

Sheikh Hasina said she will provide Tk 10 crore more to the fund from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. Sheikh 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 also said the government has a plan to set up a medical university in every division of the country, if they can assume power for the next time.

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.

Sheikh Hasina said it is necessary to monitor whether quality doctors come out from the private medical colleges. The Prime Minister said the government continues implementation of many plans to turn BSMMU into a centre of excellence.

Project Director of the hospital Prof Zulfiqur Rahman Khan made a presentation on the project at the function. In his presentation, Prof Zulfiqur Rahman said the 13-storey hospital will be the first-ever super-specialized hospital in the country. The 1000-bed hospital will provide centre-based medical services to 5000-8000 patients a day, he added.

At the hospital, he said, there will be Centre for Specialized Autism and Maternal and Child Care, Emergency Medical Care Centre, Hepatobiliary and Gastroenterology Centre, Cardio and Cerebrovascular Centre, Kidney Centre, and Respiratory Medicine Centre, General Surgery Centre, Ophthalmology/Dentistry/Dermatology Centre, Physical Medicine/ Rehabilitation Centre.

As per directives of the Prime Minister, there will be gardens around the hospital, sunken gardens, rooftop gardens and other environment-friendly facilities which will be run fully in digital system.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Health and Family Welfare Ministry Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, MP also spoke at the program held with BSMMU Vice Chancellor Prof Kanak Kanti Barua in the chair.

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