Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government is working to reach burn treatment at upazila level, urging all concerned to launch a well-planned awareness campaign about safety measures on preservation and use of flammable substances.
“We’re taking measures to spread burn treatment at upazila level,” she said while opening the Sixth International Conference on Plastic Surgery-2022 and “Mujib Corner” and “Bangabandhu Gallery” at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery (SHNIBPS) here.
She joined the function virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence in the city as Society of Plastic Surgeons of Bangladesh (SPSB) organised it.
The prime minister said all the upazilas have health complexes and the government is considering equipping those with burn treatment facilities.
She said her government has taken a plan to establish separate and self- reliant burn and plastic surgery unit in each of the division aimed at reaching specialised treatment to the people’s doorsteps.
Referring to setting up a 100-bed plastic surgery and burn unit in Faridpur district, she opined that each of the largest districts requires such unit.
The prime minister heavily came down on the BNP-Jamaat alliance for killing people carrying out arson attacks in 2013-2014 in the name of movement, saying, “They never do politics for the welfare of the people.”
At that time, there was no modern facility for giving treatment to the burnt people, she said, adding that her government set up a 50-bed burn unit in the Dhaka Medical College (DMC).
Later, another burn unit was installed in the DMC, she added.
Sheikh Hasina went on saying that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had first built a five-bed burn unit at the Suhrawardi Hospital to treat Liberation War wounded freedom fighters.
Bangabandhu had also established a 10-bed hospital at the thana level to reach the healthcare at the grassroots, she said.
The prime minister said that her government has built a 500-bed Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery in 2018 with having all the modern facilities to provide the countrymen world class treatment.
“We had no international level treatment facilities. So, we built the burn and plastic surgery unit and created a scope to take modern treatment,” she said.
The institute, the largest of its kind, has been playing a significant role in conducting medical science related researches and creating efficient work force, she observed.
The prime minister said her government has always given priority on conducting research especially on medical science which is needed most for flourishing the healthcare as Bangladesh does not want to depend anymore on others to this end.
She said her government established the first medical university in the country and later three more medical universities in Chattogram, Sylhet and Rajshahi and many medical colleges and universities in the country to give its health system a strong footing.
She also said her government has established community clinics across the country to reach the medical care to the people’s doorsteps.
The prime minister said that people can get primary treatment from the clinics with 30 types of medicines free of cost.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque, Coordinator of the burn units and former President of SPSB Dr. Samanta Lal Sen, and Secretary General (in charge) of the SPSB Dr Hedayat Ali Khan spoke on the occasion.
SPSB President and Director of SHNIBPS Prof Dr Abul Kalam presided over the function.