Professor Lutful Anwar Qaderi, one of the renowned neurosurgeons of the country, died while undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at a private hospital in Chattogram on Sunday. He was 81.
The veteran physician, who was better known as LA Qaderi, breathed his last at 11:30 am at CSCR Hospital in the port city on the day.
His first namaz-e-janaza was held at Central Medical Mosque of Chittagong Medical College Hospital after Asr prayer. He will be buried at his family graveyard in Hathazari on Monday morning following his second namaz-e-janaza.
Dr LA Qaderi was born on October 1, 1941 in Chattogram. After completing Matriculation in 1958 and ISC in 1959, he got admission in MBBS course in Chittagong Medical College.
He stood first class first with a gold medal in the MBBS examination held under Dhaka University in 1964. From January 1, 1965 to April 29, 1968, he served as a House Surgeon, Senior House Surgeon and Emergency Medical Officer at Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
He received his Diploma in Venereology in London in 1968, FRCS in Neurosurgery in 1971, and another degree in Microsurgery in 1977. He worked to develop public opinion in favour of Bangladesh’s independence during the Liberation War in 1971.
The Department of Neurosurgery was established in Chittagong Medical College Hospital in 1978 through his efforts. Until his retirement, he was the head of the department.
Dr Qadri was a two-time president of the Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) in Chattogram. He was also the former President of Chittagong Medical College Teachers Association, former President of Society of Neurosurgeons Bangladesh, former President of Senior Doctors Club and former President of Chittagong Diabetic Hospital.
During the anti-autocratic movement of 1990, after the killing of Dr Shamsul Alam Khan Milon, doctors and medical staffs of Chattogram protested under his leadership.
LA Qaderi left behind his wife, a son a daughter and a host of relatives and well wishers to mourn his death.
Chittagong Medical University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Ismail expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of LA Kaderi. Besides, BMA Chittagong branch leader Prof AQM Sirajul Islam, Dr Mujibul Haque Khan, Dr Faisal Iqbal Chowdhury also mourned his death.