Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday inaugurated the Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) Centre, the second of its kind in the country, at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) at Dhaka Cantonment to treat both civil and military patients.
She also inaugurated a Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit, a Critical Care Centre and a Casualty and Emergency Unit at the CMH by unveiling their plaques.
Besides, Sheikh Hasina, who is also in-charge of the Ministry of Defence, opened the Army Multipurpose Complex and the Army Headquarters Conference and Auditorium Complex, reports UNB.
The BMT Centre at Dhaka CMH has got modern treatment facilities for the patients with haematological malignancy like blood cancer and blood-related disorders at a cheaper expense compared to the costs in countries like India, Thailand and Singapore.
The newly established BMT Centre is composed of a number of installations, including a BMT Lab, a special haematology ward, stem cell lab, Apheresis room, HEPA Filter/HVAC System and a blood bank.
The country's first bone marrow transplantation centre was set up at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on October 20, 2013.
After the inauguration of these establishments, a munajat was offered seeking continued development of the armed forces as well as peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.
Later, the Prime Minister visited different establishments at the CMH, including the BMT, as well as the Army Multipurpose Complex and the Army Headquarters Conference and Auditorium Complex.
Sources at the CMH said the BMT Centre has been established against the backdrop of growing incidence of blood cancer and blood-related disorders in the country.
A total of 423 patients of haematological malignancy were treated in the Dhaka CMH in last five years of which only few were cured, the sources said.
The CMH sources further said 94 potential patients out of 423 could have been provided with curative treatment had the BMT centre been there at that time.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim, PM's Security Advisor Major General (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Chief of Army Staff General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan, Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari, Acting Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral AMM Awrangazeb Chowdhury, Sheikh Helal Uddin, MP, Senior Secretary of the Defence Ministry Kazi Habibul Awal, the Director of the Military Medical Services Directorate General and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion. Ex-Army chiefs were also present.
Earlier, on her arrival at Dhaka Cantonment, the Prime Minister was received by Chief of Army Staff General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan, Area Commander, Logistics Area, Major General Mizanur Rahman Khan and CMH Commandant Brigadier General Md Nasir Uddin.