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Oct. 29th NYC: Global Health Summit on Innovation

OCT 29th, NYC. This is a great thing to get young people mobilized and to capture their ideas:

“The NYU Global Health Review and Americans for Informed Democracy are hosting a Young Leaders Summit on Global Health with the theme: “Innovative Solutions to Healthcare in Low Resource Settings.” The summit will be a forum for discussions on the healthcare crises such as the AIDS pandemic that impact the developing world and indigent areas of the developed world, innovative options for alleviating these crises, and the manner in which sustainable infrastructure can be built for long-term healthcare improvement.

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Written by thd

October 10, 2006 at 5:43 am

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  1. Please establish Bangladesh as a trendsetter and role model in line with healthcare delivery in Singapore for the rest of the developing nations.

    Bangladesh can easily become a case study and success story in a decade for global technology, health and development initiative.

    Javed Zaman

    February 20, 2007 at 8:09 am

  2. Since independence, our health care sector has received enormous amount of donations from abroad and funds allocated by the government. Unfortunately, all the financial resources have gone down the drain. According to several surveys, it is the most mismanaged, inefficient and corruption-ridden sector in the country. One need not deep dig to unravel its ills. Just take a look at the two big hospitals in the capital – Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (formerly IPGM&R). These have become the last resort for people of low socio-economic status to seek medical service. People who can afford it go to private hospitals and clinics.

    BSMMU was transformed into an autonomous body during the rule of Awami League government. This ill-advised decision has turned this institute into a most corrupt and politicised organisation in the country. Professors and doctors of all categories are using it as a tool to further their careers and private practices at the expense of the superior service they were supposed to provide to the patients as well as students of higher learning.

    The quality of education is so poor that we have not yet been able to get recognition of our post-graduate degrees from any internationally acclaimed academia. It is even very sad to know that the failure rate in any post-graduate course is appallingly high. The professors are not held accountable for their dismal performance. In any developed country these so-called professors would have been thrown out straight away. But instead they simply get away with their shameless failures as academicians because of BSMMU’s ‘autonomous body’ status.

    BSMMU’s staff have become untouchables! In the past one could replace a professor for his incompetence with a qualified one from another government run hospital. You will hardly see any of these professors and doctors in the premises of BSMMU after 2:30 pm. They are all busy practising at their private chambers while using the name of the post-graduate institutes to their optimum benefit. BSMMU has also become a den of clerks and peons acting in concert with the administrative section to grab money out of students and trainees.

    But one thing I want to put emphasis on is that Bangladesh should allow many more foreign-owned private hospitals staffed with foreign specialists to come to Bangladesh. Thirty-five long years have gone by. So has billions of dollars. But unfortunately there is not a single modern hospital that Bangladesh can boast of. Neither can it boast of healthcare expertise at par with medical professionals of international repute. If we have more private hospitals, only then an atmosphere of higher learning will prevail in the academic institutions and our new generation will immensely benefit instead of decaying in the hands of these indigenous witch doctors. It’s imperative that joint collaboration in the field of medical education is immediately initiated at the private level to train our future generation of doctors.

    I think we now have the right person at the right time at the right place. We have a golden opportunity knocking at our door! He is General Motiur Rahman of AFIP. What he should do is rid the government-run hospitals of inefficient cadre-based appointees of the former corrupt, criminal-ridden BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami government and cancel all appointees of the former health minister Mosharraf Hossain and his cronies. Both Professor Hadi and Dr. Zahid of DAB and BMA should be put behind bars immediately for misappropriation and plunder of the healthcare sector resources. The DAB was basically run by the same syndicate operating from Hawa Bhaban in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office. It was Zahid, Tareq and his wife who were the mastermind behind politicization of the healthcare sector. They have turned both DMC&H and BSMMU into a BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami cadre based institution. The Health Directorate also needs to cleansed of the putrefying obnoxious corrupt thugs of Hadi-Zahid clique.

    The BSMMU has become a den of thieves. Nothing gets done without bribery. The clerks running the clinical/hospital administrative wing and academia have indulged in rampant corruption for the last five years. Ratan, the PA of Professor Mannan, Khalequzzaman and Shahjahan of the student’s enrollment/academia section in connivance with the Registrar’s office are the most corrupt of all. A lot more would come out if RAB takes these bastards into custody and beat them up to peel off their butts. Professor Mannan and Mobin Khan should also be interrogated for ruining Bangladesh’s healthcare sector.

    General Matiur Rahman must clean up the mess created by Khaleda, Nizami and Tarek gang of mobsters. Her should ban politics in all educational institutions. Physicians must behave professionally and responsibly. No one should be given extension. It creates a roadblock for competent and hardworking professionals to climb up the career ladder.

    The government should seriously think of sending junior professionals and students abroad to Thailand, Malayasia and Singapore for expertise and training on short term rotational training. These countries have moved far ahead of us in the last decade and a half.

    The government should also make it mandatory for all government-run tertiary and academic hospitals to immediately qualify for WHO-UNIDO sponsored ISO and other international healtcare management quality assurance certifications.

    I am pretty confident Dr. Motiur Rahman has the dynamism and flair to leave his everlasting impression as the trendsetter in Bangladesh’s gasping healthcare scenario. Just do it! Let bangladesh blossom as its next door Asian neighbors on all wings!!

    M J Zee

    February 20, 2007 at 7:56 am


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