DHAKA, April 17 (BSS) - Speakers at a function here yesterday underscored the need for more cooperation between Bangladesh and Germany in the health sector.
"There are high potentialities in strengthening the existing cooperation between the two nations, especially in expanding Medical treatment, training and education", they said.
They were speaking at the inaugural session of a 10-day camp titled 'Continued Medical Education (CME) & Live Demonstration on HAND and Reconstructive Surgery" held yesterday morning at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
Organized jointly by BSMMU and Bangladesh Registered Association, Germany, a voluntary organization on expansion of medical education, training and treatment. This association is an outcome of the pledge of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who during her last visit called upon the Bangladeshi expatriates in Germany to extend their helping hands in ameliorating the sufferings of the distressed people.
The BSMMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Pran Gopal Datta and Head of the Development Cooperation of Germany Embassy in Dhaka Johannes Scheider attended the session as the chief guest and special guest.
Presided over by BSMMU Orthopedic Surgery Department Chairman Prof Dr Nakul Kumar Datta, the inaugural function was also addressed, among others, association chairman Hasnat Mia, National Institute for Trauma, Orthopedic and Rehabilitation (NITOR) Prof Dr A Awal Rizvi, Bangladesh Orthopedic Society (BOS) President Prof R. R. Kairy.
Renowned hand and reconstructive surgeons and surgeon and chief adviser of the association Dr Greg Pataki, M.D. and Dr Christian Schmitz, vice-president of the association also spoke on the occasion detailing their objectives and activities of their mission in Bangladesh.
In his speech Prof Pran Gopal said that since independence of the country Germany has been providing highest assistances in the healthcare sector of Bangladesh.
Maximum numbers of doctors of his university have taken training and education on latest medical technology in Germany and still at the present moment some others are taking specialized education in Germany.
Johannes Scheider lauded Bangladesh for its achievements, especially in the medical sector, so to say in mother and childcare. "Although the rate of child mortality is still very high in the country, Bangladesh attained significant successes in mother and childcare sector", he added.
While praising the initiatives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for building further cooperation with Germany, he referred to signing of a MOU (Memorandum of Understating) during her last visit to Germany for extending more cooperation in health sector between the two nations.
Hasnat Mia said that as part of their initiative to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries, their association is carrying out efforts to sign Cooperation Agreements between the hospitals of Germany and Bangladesh. At present, initiatives have been taken to reach at such an agreement of cooperation between the BSMMU and Dusseldorf University Hospital of Germany, he added.
The camp will be divided into two parts - the first 6 days the surgery will take place at BSMMU while during the rest four days it will take place at the National Medical College, Tongi.
The organizers expected that surgery could be done on more than 30 hand and reconstructive patients during their 10-day camp.