Medical &Health

Man gets death penalty for killing woman in city

A Dhaka court today sentenced a man to death

for killing a housewife in 2018 in city's Namapara area under Cantonment


The court also fined convict Ariful Haque Shiplu Taka 20 thousand.

As he was produced before the court today, Judge Sabera Sultana Khanam of

Dhaka Nari O Shishu Nirjatan Daman Tribunal-7 handed down the verdict.

According to the case, on February 9, 2018, the victim was found stabbed and

wounded at her house in West Manikdi Namapara area.

She was rushed to Mirpur Islamia Hospital, and later to Dhaka Medical College

and Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

The medical report showed she was raped before murder. A case was filed

against Shiplu by the victim's father Lutfar Rahman with Cantonment Thana the

next day.

Cantonment Thana SI Riyad Ahmed pressed charge sheet against the accused and

the trial began in 2019.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Call to bring all undetected TB patients under treatment

Health experts at a post-rally meeting

unequivocally called for a concerted effort to bring all the undetected

tuberculosis patients under proper treatment for building a TB free society.

They said TB is no longer a killer disease as early detection, proper and

timely diagnosis and treatment and preventive measures are found effective in

fighting the disease.

Offices of Divisional Director of Health and Civil Surgeon, Chest Disease

Hospital and Rajshahi City Corporation jointly organised the meeting at Civil

Surgeon Office premises in Rajshahi city to mark the World Tuberculosis Day-

2023 today.

World TB Day 2023, with the theme 'Yes! We can end TB!', aims to inspire hope

and encourage high-level leadership, increased investments, faster uptake of

new WHO recommendations, adoption of innovations, accelerated action, and

multisectoral collaboration to combat the TB epidemic.

Different organisations like Damien Foundation, Brac, ICDDR'B, Tilottoma,

SMC, NATAB, Rick, and Ashakta Punarbashan Sangstha (APOSH) joined the anti-TB

programme displaying banners, festoons and placards.

Divisional Deputy Director of Health Dr Anwarul Kabir addressed the meeting

as chief guest, while Dr Bayezid Ul Islam, Medical Officer (Civil Surgeon

office), was in the chair.

Superintendent of Chest Disease Hospital Dr Mojibur Rahman, Divisional TB

Expert of National TB Control Programme Dr Saiful Islam, District

Surveillance Medical Officer Dr Abdur Rab Siddiqui and Junior Consultant of

Chest Disease Clinic Dr Chandan Kumar Pramanik spoke on the occasion.

In his remarks, Dr Anwarul Kabir said the existing challenges of Multi Drug

Resistance (MDR) tuberculosis should be faced collectively as its

consequences are very dangerous.

He urged all the government and non-government organizations concerned to

help doctors and health workers in identifying TB patients and bring them to


"TB is no more a deadly disease now and it could be fully cured if the

affected patients take medicines properly for six to eight months at a

stretch as per the suggestions of the physicians", he added.

TB is an infectious disease that usually spreads through breathing of the

affected patients. Coughing with pain in the chest for more than three weeks

is the symptom of the disease.

In the event of contracting the disease, the infected persons are required to

be diagnosed immediately.

Dr Saiful Islam told the meeting that free treatment facilities are available

at all the upazila health complexes, district hospitals, public and private

medical colleges and other health centres in the country.

Around thirty percent of old patients turned into MDR-TB patients in

Bangladesh. The scope of treatment for MDR-TB patients is limited compared to

its number in the country.

Dr Mojibur Rahman said the healthcare providers can help prevent MDR TB by

quickly diagnosing cases, following recommended treatment guidelines,

monitoring patients' response to treatment, and making sure therapy is


Another way to prevent getting MDR TB is to avoid exposure to known MDR TB

patients in closed or crowded places such as hospitals, prisons, or homeless

shelters, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha