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Evercare Hospital starts bone marrow transplant in Bangladesh

  • Published at 11:46 pm September 16th, 2020
Evercare hospital bone marrow transplant
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The hospital treated a lymphoma patient on September 1 using their facility for the first time in the country

Evercare Hospital has become the first centre in Bangladesh to offer all kinds of Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) services using cutting-edge facilities and expert medical staff.

The hospital authorities said patients will be able to avail the BMT services at an affordable cost, according to a media statement on Tuesday.

According to the statement, new cutting-edge facilities for Total Body Irradiation (TBI) were added to help with BMT for all lymphoma and other types of cancer.

For the first time in Bangladesh, this technology was used on September 1 for a lymphoma patient.

Bone Marrow Transplants are of 2 types – autologous and allogeneic, the statement read. 

High doses of chemotherapy or radiotherapy or combined radio-chemotherapy are used to eradicate the residual malignancy and to create a space in the bone marrow for the donor stem cells to settle. These donor cells grow into the patient’s body and give them a new life.

In 2016, with limited resources, Dr Abu Jafar Mohammed Saleh created a medium-sized Hematology unit focusing on the autologous type of BMT. 

In 2018, a complete fully-equipped BMT unit with modern facilities was established at the hospital after recruiting and training doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. 

The hospital is conducting allogeneic BMT for Leukemia, Lymphoma and Aplastic anemia, and offering scope for Thalassemia and other diseases; while work on autologous BMT continues with 18 successful cases already performed on both local and foreign patients.

Dr Saleh joined Evercare Hospital Dhaka (formerly Apollo Hospitals Dhaka) in 2015. He previously worked at the world-famous King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 10 years, and has a massive amount of experience with all types of BMT.

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