Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim today called for encouraging patients to go to all other hospitals in the city to reduce pressure on Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
He made the call while inaugurating a consultative conference titled 'Neglected Tropical Diseases and Leprosy Research' at Krishibid Institute auditorium in the city, said an official release.
The minister said like in the DMCH, the government has introduced ICU and other services in Suhrawardy, Kurmitola and Mugda hospitals.
Besides, specialist doctors and modern equipments are available in a number of specialized hospitals like neuro-science, national institute of cardiovascular diseases, ENT institute and ophthalmology institute hospitals, he added.
"These hospitals are giving international standard health services," he said and asked all concerned to take steps to reach this information to all.
The Leprosy Mission International Bangladesh organized the conference with its country director Saloman Sumon Halder in the chair.
Department of Health Director General Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad also spoke on the occasion.
State Minister for Health Zahid Malik, Health Secretary M. Sirajul Islam and senior officials concerned were present at the function.
The health minister urged the non-government agencies to play a strong role along with the government to create public awareness to eliminate leprosy in Bangladesh.
The people should be made aware to stand by the leprosy patients and cure them without neglecting, he said.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)