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PM: Govt expanding gastroenterology treatment

  • Published at 07:49 pm February 15th, 2020
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with a delegation of British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) at Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Saturday, February 15, 2020 Focus Bangla

British gastroenterologists meet her at Ganabhaban

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government has introduced gastroenterology departments at 13 medical college hospitals across the country to expand the gastroenterology treatment in Bangladesh.

She made the remarks when a delegation of British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), led by its President Dr Cathryn Edwards, met her at Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Saturday, reports UNB.

A number of Bangladeshi gastroenterologists, including President of Bangladesh Gastroenterology Society (BGS) Prof Dr Mahmud Hasan, were present during the meeting.

Prime Minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

The prime minister also said web cameras have been installed at the hospitals up to upazila level across the country.

Besides, the government has been providing necessary training to nurses to make them more efficient, she said.

Dr Cathryn Edwards explained the importance of the BSG in the UK and its contributions to the delivery of training and clinical best practice standards in gastroenterology and hepatology along with facilitating specialty research.

He informed the prime minister that the BSG has been providing assistance for the development of quality and standard of gastroenterology treatment in Bangladesh.

Dr Edwards apprised the prime minister of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between BSG and BGS with the aim to support the establishment of a national training program for endoscopy based at Sheikh Russel Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital at Mohakhali in Dhaka.

BGS President Dr Mahmud Hasan said the aim of the MoU is to bring an opportunity for reciprocal learning and collaborative research between the two societies.

He also said the establishment of a national endoscopy training program in Bangladesh will underpin and help promote standardization of care for patients with gastroenterology diseases.

In reply, the prime minister assured the BSG of providing necessary support from the government side, saying it wants to see more success of the efforts of the British society of gastroenterologists in Bangladesh.

The BSG is a registered charity organization and one of the largest medical gastroenterology and hepatology communities in the UK.

As a professional organization, it is a voice for gastroenterology and hepatology in the UK, influencing health policy nationally.

The BSG has established strong links with the BGS over the past seven years.

Prime Minister's Personal Physician Dr ABM Abdullah was present on the occasion.