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Experts call for reducing kidney patients going abroad

  • 20 million kidney patients in Bangladesh
  • Need more kidney specialists
Update : 09 Sep 2023, 05:06 PM

Speakers at a scientific conference in Cox’s Bazar have stressed the need to reduce the tendency and dependence of kidney patients going abroad for treatment.

Kidney experts made these remarks at the conference organized by the Bangladesh Renal Association at Sea Pearl Beach Resort in Cox's Bazar on Saturday.

They said about 20 million people in Bangladesh are suffering from kidney disease, and there is a need for experienced kidney specialist doctors in the country to treat such a large number of patients.

The experts further said many patients are going abroad for kidney treatment because it is complex and expensive. Therefore, there is no alternative to reducing this trend and improving the quality of medical services for kidney patients in the country.

There is also no alternative to the young doctors of the country being enriched with modern knowledge in the treatment of kidney disease, they added.

Through this scientific conference, foreign resource persons and experts will be trained to develop the skills of the country's young kidney doctors so that they can provide quality medical care to disadvantaged kidney patients in the country. 

The government is also taking initiatives to set up 10-bed dialysis centres for kidney patients in every hospital and 50-bed kidney centres in medical college hospitals at the district level in Bangladesh. More experienced kidney doctors and nursing staff are needed to implement this initiative.

Renowned kidney specialist doctors from Sarrc countries as well as the United States are participating in the scientific conference. Besides, more than 400 Bangladeshi kidney doctors participated in the conference.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Md L Sharfuddin Ahmed was present as the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the conference.

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