Bangladeshi scientist Dr Mohammod Jobayer Chisti has innovated an effective way of treating pneumonia-affected children. His epic-making and breakthrough discovery of the low-cost oxygen therapy ‘Bubble CPAP’ is a symbol of hope for millions of ailing children. Dr Jobayer described: ‘It was my first night as an intern and three children died before my eyes. I felt so helpless that I cried.’ And that evening the soul of the sympathetic genius was poured with the promise to do something for saving children from the killer disease.
According to doctors, pneumonia affects lungs that become swollen and filled with liquid and, as a result, patients collapse. They die as they cannot breathe. Notable here is that developed countries use expensive machines to help children to breathe but doctors from Bangladesh and other poor countries have little option other than using medications which could only delay the inevitable death.However, it is much relieving that Dr Jobayer’s two-decade-long research has led to the innovation of a device with a simpler and cheaper bubble CPAP that helps patients breathe and prevents lungs damage. His milestone discovery has ensured the low-cost treatment of the deadly disease which kills one in every seven children. This is a matter of great honour for us all as Bangladeshis.
It is noteworthy that Bangladesh earned global recognition because of the remarkable success of doctors in medical research. Dr Sayeba Akhter is recognised worldwide for her contribution to the department of Gynaecology in preventing the death of mothers from bleeding after childbirth. And Dr Shah M Faruque played a pioneering role in inventing cholera vaccine to prevent deaths of a huge number of people annually.
There are many talents in the country but it is frustrating that they cannot bloom due to little scope of research in the current system of higher education. Urgent measures should be taken to ensure research facilities in higher educational institutions to provide proper impetus for developing state of the art technologies for the benefit of mankind.