41 Years of Service

Maa-O-Shishu Hospital proceeds with new dreams

Nur Uddin Alamgir

17 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

CHATTOGRAM: Maa-O-Shishu Hospital, the second largest healthcare providing centre after Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) in Chattogram, has stepped into 42nd year winning hearts of thousands through their services.

The establishment of separate coronavirus unit with central and high-flow oxygen system during acute crisis of treatment in June last year was also lauded by people from every walk of life.

In continuation of efforts to increase the service area, the management is going to develop a full-fledged cancer hospital while an 850-bed 13-storey hospital is being constructed to replace the old one.

Established with the efforts of a group of great people marking the ‘International Year of the Child’ on December 31 in 1979, the private non-profit semi-charitable hospital is now turned into a 650-bed full-fledged hospital providing treatment to thousands of people from the Chattogram region.

The hospital started its journey for providing child healthcare services with only 10-bed facilities.

Apart from the outpatient and inpatient services, laboratory, blood bank and ICU ambulance services are available at the specialised hospital round the clock now.

Moreover, different institutions including Chattogram Maa-Shishu O General Hospital, Chattogram Maa-O-Shishu Hospital Medical College, Maa-O-Shishu Hospital Institute of Child Health, Maa-O-Shishu Nursing Institute, Shamsun Nahar Khan Nursing College and Autism and Child Development Centre are run under the management. The hospital came up with the laudable initiative to provide treatment to the corona patients when none of the private hospitals responded to the call of the government.

In the 453rd meeting of executive committee of the hospital, the committee decided to ready the first and second floors of the under-construction new hospital building for corona unit and launched treatment on June 6 last year. They also set up central oxygen line for patients. Though, 34 beds were prepared initially, the number increased to 142 along with cabin, HDU and ICU facilities later.

A corona management cell and a committee for treatment were formed for providing proper treatment at the hospital having a newly installed PCR laboratory for corona test. A total of 2,447 tests were conducted and 2,721 patients received treatment in hospital till January 6 this year.

The hospital management also took initiative for developing a full-fledged cancer hospital. The government has allocated land for the hospital while work for architectural and structural designs has already been completed.

Deal for procuring ultramodern Radiation Machine has also been done, they said.

On the other hand, structure for the mega project of new 13-storey 850-bed hospital has been constructed and finishing work is going on in full swing.

Hospital Executive Committee Acting President SM Morshed Hossain told the daily sun that efforts are going on to provide better treatment to patients at reasonable cost.

As a non-profit and semi-charitable hospital there are many challenges to provide proper treatment to the patents smoothly, he observed.   

“We are going to develop the 650-bed hospital to 850-bed ones and a 13-storey building has already been constructed for it,” said Morshed.

“We also got approval from the Chattogram Development Authority and other government agencies for developing the specialised Cancer Hospital for patients of this region,” he said.

The acting president urged the government to provide a CT Scan and a MRI machines for separate diagnosis of the corona patients.

Committee Treasurer and Member secretary of the Corona Treatment Management Cell Md Rezaul Karim Azad said they came up with the initiative for providing corona treatment when all the private hospitals expressed their reluctance to open door for the Covid patients. “Now, we have 142 beds including general, cabin, ICU and HDU seats for the patients. Another 60 seats are also kept ready and can be used during any emergency,” said Azad.  “We hope that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lay foundation stone of the proposed cancer hospital,” he said.