A local organisation has come forward to provide free treatment to poor cancer patients at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in the capital.
‘Mission Cancer Bangladesh’, a philanthropic organisation, will help the poor cancer patients, who will be admitted to BSMMU hospital, from now onwards.
Prof Dr Moniruzzaman Khan, president of Mission Cancer Bangladesh, told the daily sun that cancer is a complicated disease, but it is curable with proper medication if it is detected at early stage.
“In Bangladesh, 12 lakh people have been suffering from cancer. And many of them are poor and destitute, who require free treatment. Mission Cancer Bangladesh has come forward to render free treatment to cancer patients at BSMMU,” he said.
“Our coverage will be expanded in future. And we will be able to bring more poor cancer patients under our coverage with free medication,” he added.
The ‘Mission Cancer Bangladesh’ formed its committee in November in a bid to arrange a viable platform to give free treatment to the patients of non-communicable diseases like cancer. Non-communicable diseases claim 64 percent deaths out of total mortality caused by various diseases.
Meanwhile, the BSMMU authorities have called upon the poor cancer patients to take the opportunity for free treatment at the hospital.
Talking to the daily sun, BSMMU Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Sharfuddin Ahmed said this is a very positive attitude of those people who have arranged this free treatment for poor cancer patients.
“Cancer treatment is costly and patients require lifelong treatment to some extent. Poor- and middle-income groups cannot afford the treatment cost of cancer. So, this initiative will help people get free cancer treatment with free medicine at BSMMU,” he added.