Patients of blood cancer, thalassemia and some other marrow related diseases will get high-tech treatment in this modern BMT unit.
Health Minister AFM Ruhal Hoque said: “It was my dream and I am waiting for that good day.”
He was speaking at a seminar held by the Directorate of Health Services on collaborative efforts with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical University yesterday evening.
The health minister said in order to start the BMT, all service providers – doctors, nurses, technicians and pharmacologists – would need to undergo special training programmes.
“This training programme has been going on for the last two years. Our doctors and medical professionals are getting training from USA, Singapore and Thailand. We are also getting training and technical assistance from Massachusetts General Hospital,” he said.
Hoque said the government was trying to ensure health services for all.
Brac Chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed said Bangladesh had a lot of successes in the health sector, such as reduced maternal and child mortality rates, but there was still more to do. He said the government should ensure better services at all public hospitals as most of the poor go there. He stressed the importance of better training for nurses, paramedics and other health professionals.
Health Secretary MM Niazuddin presided over the seminar. Dr Khondokar Md Sifayetullah gave the welcome speech. Syed Modasser Ali, health adviser to the prime minister, USAID Mission Director Richard Greene,Dr Christopher Stowell, Dr Eyal Attar of the MGH Cancer Centre, Dr Bimalangshu Dey, Dr Jason Harlow, Dr Jennifer Jaggl, Dr Judith Curran, Director of Nursing Services Taslime Begum and Samanzar Khan of AK Khan Trust, among others, spoke at the seminar.
Richard Greene said Bangladesh was on the right track to reach the MDG goals, but needed to put more effort into emerging non-communicable diseases and problems.
Doctors said breast cancer was the most common cancer amongst Bangladeshi women and about 70% of breast cancer patients sought medical care at an advanced stage of the cancer.
Project director of DMCH-2 Dr Bayezid Khorshed Reaz said the BMT will be established in the DMCH-2.
“It is still under construction and hopefully we will finish it within august. The first transplantation would take place in October,” he said.