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Call for raising awareness about osteoporosis

  • Our Correspondent
  • 5 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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RAJSHAHI: A three-day osteoporosis awareness programme ended at Rajshahi University (RU) here on Thursday with a call to create awareness among common people about the disease.

“Osteoporosis is now judged as a silent killer. So, massive awareness is needed about the disease which can lead to increased risk of bone fracture at older age,” speakers of the program observed.

Rajshahi University Teachers Association (RUTA) arranged the program at the Senate Building of the university aimed at disseminating knowledge and updates on how to avoid the risk of the disease.

Speaking on the occasion as chief guest RU vice-chancellor Prof Golam Sabbir Sattar blamed adulterated, substandard and forged powder milks for calcium deficiency of the children which leads to their low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. Pro-vice chancellors Prof Chowdhury Jakaria and Prof Sultan-Ul-Islam also spoke with RUTA Vice-president Prof Sayeduzzaman in the chair.

Prof Golam Sabbir called for immediate withdrawal of those milk powders from the market so that people can meet up their calcium deficit by taking only the genuine one.

Dr Rebeka Sultana, Nutritionist in Bangladesh of New Zealand Dairy presented a keynote paper in which she illustrated the risk factors along with preventive measures of osteoporosis.

People suffering from osteoporosis have an increased risk of bone fracture. Statistically fracture occurs in every one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 years due to osteoporosis, she said.

Dr Sultana mentioned in absence of adequate calcium, bone formation becomes insufficient and bone remodeling inadequate.

In six sessions of the three-day program, RUTA members and their family members were brought under bone scanning. Subsequently, based on the scanning report they were given prescriptions by the attending nutritionists.