Patients need confidence in countrys health sector

first_imgParticipants pose for a photograph at a roundtable on advancement in gastro liver treatment at Karwan Bazar’s CA Bhaban on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloThe quality of healthcare in Bangladesh has improved significantly in recent years but there is still much to be done to gain patients’ confidence so that they do not go abroad for medical treatment, a roundtable observed on Saturday.Prothom Alo, in association with Impulse Hospital, organised the roundtable on Bangladesh’s advancement in modern treatment of gastro liver at Karwan Bazar’s CA Bhaban.Stakeholders, including gastroenterologists came up with various suggestions un this regard. Biswa Sahitya Kendra’s founding chairman Abdullah Abu Sayeed said that poor public health is one of the main obstacles to the nation’s development.He said that Bangladesh has achieved a lot in the last three to four decades in the health sector but the disproportionate ratio of physicians to people was still a concern.Senior consultant and head of Impulse Hospital’s Gastro Liver Center AQM Mohsen said healthcare in Bangladesh has seen significant technological advancement but stakeholders should now work on increasing the trust of patients.He said that doctors should treat patients with more compassion to win their confidence.Managing director of Impulse Hospital Zaheer Al-Amin said liver related diseases can be cut down by leading a healthy lifestyle.Stressing on the need to create awareness among people about liver related diseases, he said, “Very few people are aware of the reasons of liver related diseases. That’s why it’s necessary to raise public awareness.”We would be able to decrease patients going abroad or treatment by ensuring good treatment and services here,” he added.Zaheer also said that Impulse Hospital is working to ensure best service to the patients by providing them with good treatment.Highlighting on various government initiatives in the health sector, the Directorate General of Health Service’s director of Disease Control Unit Sania Tahmina said that 80 percent of children were infected with worms in 2004 but the percentage reduced to 8 percent in 2014, thanks to the government’s deworming campaign.Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University’s department of gastroenterology’s Md Hasan Masud said that there are only around 200 gastroenterologists in the country what is much less than required.“The irony is that those 200 specialists don’t even have proper training facilities,” he added.Bangladesh Specialised Hospital’s consultant Md Shamsul Arefin said that despite advances in overall healthcare system in the country, there are still a lot of misconceptions and prejudice about the treatment of various diseases which needs to be addressed through building awareness.He also said that the country’s healthcare system needs more trained human resources.Information and technology department’s deputy secretary Md Nasir Uddin shared his experience of being treated at Impulse Hospital after being diagnosed with Hepatitis B in 2009.Another patient, Anis Ahmed of Kusthia, too, shared his experience.Shornokishoree Network Foundation’s chairperson and CEO Farzana Brownia, senior consultant of Impulse Hospital Md Mohsin Kabir, Anwer Khan Modern Hospital’s former head of surgery Md Abdul Wohab Khan, BSMMU’s Pancreatic and Liver Transplant surgeon Md Mohsen Chowdhury, BIRDEM Hospital’s honorary senior consultant Md Anisur Rahman, among others, spoke at the programme.Prothom Alo’s associate editor Abdul Quayyum moderated the roundtable.last_img

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