The Government of Japan has conferred “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays” to Md. Ekhlasur Rahman, Director of the Yamagata Dhaka Friendship General Hospital.
Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh Ito Naoki handed over the conferment at a ceremony at his official residence in Baridhara on Thursday (Sept 29).
At the ceremony, Ambassador Ito expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Rahman for his immense contribution to proactively providing medical service with Japanese standard and treatment to the Japanese nationals in Bangladesh and enhancing relationship between Japan and Bangladesh in the medical fields.
The Japanese envoy expressed how grateful Japanese community in Bangladesh is to Rahman and explained his considerable attitude towards patients by saying that the 300-year old Japanese Edo period dictums ‘Medicine is a curing profession’ and ‘Medical practice is a benevolent act’ exactly describe Rahman.
Rahman completed his Ph.D. 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, Rahman opened his own hospital in Dhaka in 1997 to provide Japanese-standard treatment with his command of Japanese language skills, which has greatly benefitted the Japanese community in Bangladesh.
Dr. Rahman has also contributed to improving medical service and empowering clinical staffs in Bangladesh through exchange programmes among Japanese and Bangladeshi physicians as well as training programs to young Bangladeshi physicians.
Earlier, on April 29, 2022, the Government of Japan decided to confer the decoration on Dr. Rahman. He received the decoration from the Government of Japan as the 14th Bangladeshi national and the first Bangladeshi doctor.
Ambassador ITO also conferred “The Commendations of Ambassador” upon Ms. KOBAYASHI Reiko, a registered nurse from Japan in Yamagata Dhaka Friendship General Hospital, for her support for Japanese community in Bangladesh and efforts to spread the Japanese style nursing practices in Bangladesh.