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Bangladesh almost self-sufficient in cardiac care: PM

Work underway to set up full-fledged pediatric cardiac unit in city

February 25, 2023 00:00:00

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina delivers a video speech at the inaugural ceremony of the 3rd Scientific Conference organised by the Bangladesh Cardiovascular Research Foundation at a city hotel on Friday. — PID

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said the country's health sector has witnessed significant progress despite various limitations over the last 14 years, reports UNB.

"Bangladesh is now almost self-sufficient in cardiac care. Bangladesh has the capacity to treat 95 to 98 per cent of cardiovascular diseases as skilled manpower, modern technology and equipment are available here in the country," she said.

The premier said this in a video message aired in the 3rd International Scientific Conference arranged by Bangladesh Cardiova-scular Research Foundation (BCRF) in the city. She also opened the two-day conference being held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.

Hasina said healthcare has now become much more accessible and reached the doorsteps of common people.

"As the country's cardiologists and doctors provide better medical services to the patients in the country, the people of the country are benefiting and thus (the country's) foreign currency is being saved," she said.

She said work is underway to set up a full-fledged pediatric cardiac unit in Dhaka for better treatment of pediatric cardiac patients in the country. "Plans have been taken to extend such facilities to other government hospitals as well," she added.

To increase the scope of pediatric cardiac treatment, the scope to produce pediatric cardiologists has been enhanced as a full-fledged pediatric cardiology and pediatric cardiac surgery unit was set up at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, said the PM.

A 500-bed world-class 'Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Research Institute' has been established in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, she said.

The premier stressed the need for focusing on preventive measures regarding cardiovascular diseases as the numberof cardiacpatients is on rise in the country.

"The number of cardiac patients is increasing day by day in the country due to various reasons including diet, lack of physical work, smoking and excessive diabetes. Along with the development of cardiovascular disease care, we also need to pay attention to preventive measures," she said.

PM Hasina said cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in Bangladesh and all over the world.

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