700 ophthalmologists for 14 crore people

Posted: ফেব্রুয়ারি 2, 2009 in Health

Eye specialists tell BAO conference

The leading eye specialists yesterday said there are only 700 qualified ophthalmologists for 14 crore people in the country.

The ophthalmologists said this while they were speaking at the inaugural function of the 6th annual scientific conference at a city hotel organised by Bangladesh Academy of Ophthalmology (BAO).

There is only one ophthalmologist to take care of diseases of four lakh eyes of every two lakh people on an average, they said at the conference.

“The figure itself is indicative of how deplorable the situation is in eye treatment,” said Sheikh Altaf Ali, secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as special guest at the conference. “It is easily understandable how a mammoth task it is to ensure health care for all at grassroots level,” he added.

Health Minister Dr AFM Ruhul Haque in his speech as the chief guest said healthcare situation with the marginalised people is really miserable not only at Dhaka Medical College Hospital but also at any district or upazila level hospital or healthcare centre.

Replying to newspersons’ question on corruption in the health sector, Dr Haque said, “None of us was in power when corruption took place. We expect to get the national health policy within three months.”

Prof Syed Modasser Ali, adviser to the prime minister, told reporters “Let the new team in health ministry work for some time and there will be some positive changes in the sector in next two to three months.”

The BAO, an academic auxiliary of OSB, has been promoting academic and research activities in the filed of ophthalmology since its journey in 1993.

BAO founder Prof MA Matin and Director General of Health Services Prof Shah Monir Hossain also spoke at the function with outgoing BAO president Prof Deen Md Noorul Huq in the chair.

The daily star 03.02.2009

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