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‘More trained manpower needed for better treatment of heart patients’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 16th March, 2023 05:56:46 PM
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More skilled and trained manpower including doctors are needed to ensure better treatment for the heart patients of the country, say experts.

“The more doctors especially cardiologist will be trained they will be skilled and expertise will grow among them. With upgrading technologies, the treatment method is also getting upgraded regularly in the world. So, the doctors need regular training,” Prof Dr. Fazila-Tun-Nesa Malik, Chief Consultant Cardiologist at National Heart Foundation Hospital & Research Institute (NHFHRI) said.

She came up with the statement while speaking at a signing ceremony at the NHFHRI in city’s Mirpur area on Thursday. At the function, the NHFHRI of Bangladesh and Terumo signed an agreement on centre of excellence for mutual cooperation about training of doctors.

Fazila-Tun-Nesa Malik said the cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a class of diseases that is the leading cause of global death at present and is responsible for a large number of the deaths occurring in Bangladesh. 
“We need more specialist and expert cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to ensure better treatment to the patients as the number of cardiovascular disease patients has turned a huge burden for the country,” she added.

Fazila-Tun-Nesa Malik said the National Heart Foundation Hospital & Research Institute (NHFHRI) has done 2,25643 cath-lab procedures from march 1999 till 2022 in the country while 22,933 operations were done only in 2022 in the hospital.

Prof. Khondker Abdul Awal Rizvi, secretary general of the national executive council of the National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh said such agreement with the Terumo will open door for the country’s young doctors to enrich and enhance their knowledge about treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

“We have planned to have many workshops, training in future to enhance knowledge for young doctors of our country. This agreement has taken the NHFHRI to a new height as the Terumo is one of the leading cardiology device companies in the world,” he added. 

Abdul Awal Rizvi said the training and workshops with the support of the Terumo will make the country’s cardiac patients beneficiary in the long run.

Kevin Seto, Managing Director of the Terumo Singapore and Phyo Khine, another high official of the company, were also present at the function among others.