In order to encourage the use of laparoscopic procedures in surgery, the department of Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Apollo Hospitals Dhaka and the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Bangladesh (SLSB) jointly organised a day long “live” workshop on gynaecological endoscopic surgeries on August 28, 2016 at Apollo Hospitals Dhaka.
More than 100 doctors from numerous hospitals across the country participated in the workshop. As the name implies, the workshop showcased surgeries that were done and broadcast live for participants to learn from real-time laparoscopic surgeries by experienced professionals. The panel of special guests of this event included the likes of Prof Sarder A Nayeem, vice president, SLSB, Prof Dr Rowshan Ara Begum, president, OGSB, Prof Dr Farhana Dewan, secretary general, OGSB, Major (Retd) Dr Laila Arjumand Banu, president elect, OGSB and Prof Dr Samsad Jahan Shelly, secretary general, OGSB.
The inaugural ceremony of the event was presided by Dr Gulshan Ara, senior consultant and coordinator- Obs/Gynae of Apollo Hospitals Dhaka. She discussed the advantages of laparoscopic surgeries and how it benefits the patient with an early recovery and a reduced length of stay at the hospital. Prof Sarder A Nayeem mentioned how laparoscopic surgeries was first used for surgeries pertaining to the department of gynaecology and Dr Farhana Dewan added how the procedure is common all over the world and how its use is becoming popular in Bangladesh. Major (Retd) Laila Arjumand Banu also shared her views and added that in recent times, many surgeons prefer laparoscopic surgery because of the shorter length of stay, less bleeding and a virtually invisible scar.
Dr Gulshan Ara and Dr Monowara Begum, senior consultant – Obs/Gynae from Apollo hospitals Dhaka performed the surgeries for the live presentation and also replied to the queries of the participants.
Dr Mrinal Kumar Sarker, senior consultant and coordinator – Obs/Gynae and IVF, chaired the evening segment of the event with his co-chairperson, Dr Monowara Begum. The workshop was organised by the CME committee of Apollo Hospitals Dhaka presided by Prof Dr Tareak Al Nasir, and attended by Dr Ratnadeep Chaskar, chief operating officer of Apollo Hospitals Dhaka and Dr Prasad R Muglikar, director of medical service.