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Japan honours Dr Ekhlasur with 'Order of the Rising Sun' award

October 01, 2022 00:00:00

Dr Ekhlasur Rahman receiving The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays award from Ito Naoki, Ambassador of Japan in Bangladesh, at the latter's official residence in the city on Thursday

The government of Japan on Thursday conferred "The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays" award on Dr Md Ekhlasur Rahman.

Dr Ekhlasur, director of Yamagata Dhaka Friendship General Hospital, received the award at the official residence of Ito Naoki, ambassador of Japan in Bangladesh, for supporting Japanese nationals in need of medical care in Bangladesh and for his contribution to strengthening Bangladesh-Japan ties in the medical field.

He is the 14th Bangladeshi national and the first doctor in the country to receive the decoration from the government of Japan.

Ambassador Naoki expre-ssed his gratitude to Dr Ekhlasur for proactively providing medical service with Japanese standards and treatment to the country's nationals in Bangladesh, reports UNB.

"The 300-year-old Japanese Edo period dictums 'medicine is a curing profession' and 'medical practice is a benevolent act' exactly describe Dr Rahman," he said.

Dr Ekhlasur completed his PhD at Yamagata University Graduate School of Medicine in 1996 and worked as a clinical fellow at Yamagata Saiseikai Hospital in Japan.

Inspired by the Japanese medical system, particularly the methods for treating patients and educating young physicians, he opened his hospital in Dhaka in 1997 to provide Japanese-standard treatment. Also, his Japanese language skills greatly benefitted the Japanese community in Bangladesh.

He has also contributed to improving medical service and empowering clinical staff in Bangladesh through exchange programmes among Japanese and Bangladeshi physicians as well as training programmes for young Bangladeshi physicians.

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