Vol. 5 Num 923 Sun. December 31, 2006  
Star Health

Health News
Seminar on childhood TB
Bangladesh Paediatric Pulmonology Forum (BPPF) arranged a seminar on "Diagnosis of Childhood TB" on December 26, 2006 at BICH Auditorium, Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Dhaka - says a press release.

Associate Prof Dr Selina Khanam , Professor Md Abid Hossain Mollah , Prof ARM Luthful Kabir and Prof Md Ruhul Amin spoke on the occasion.

Dr Selina Khanam focused on epidemiological background of tuberculosis (TB) and threats of re-emergence of TB both in case of child and adult.

Prof Abid Hossain Mollah delivered his lecture about the diagnostic tools including conventional and newer, modern approach available throughout the world and also clearly defined their limitations in different aspect. Prof Ruhul Amin sum up all the issues and emphasised on linear and simpler approach in diagnosis.

To avoid over or under diagnosis BPPF proposed to adopt simpler criteria for both pulmonary TB and TB lymphadenitis which has got same diagnostic efficacy in comparison to WHO criteria.

Mitford Hospital introduces cochlear implant

The ENT (Ear, nose and throat) Department of Mitford Hospital, Dhaka has performed a 'Cochlear implant' (a hearing device that helps profoundly deaf patients) surgery recently.

This is the first of its kind surgery in government medical college hospital in Bangladesh, informed Prof Dr M Abdullah, Head of ENT Department of Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital, Dhaka.

Dr Badruddoza, 63 was the first patient who received the cochlear implant on Tuesday last. He had been suffering from hearing impairment for the last eighteen months.

The department organised a three-day long seminar which was followed by the operation.

Later on in the afternoon, Prof (Emeritus) Sufia Rahman, Honorable Advisor to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare inaugurated the temporary laboratory for cochlear implant surgery.

Awareness on colorectal diseases

Department of Colorectal Surgery of BIRDEM Hospital has recently published information booklet to create awareness about colorectal diseases, says a press release.

The department organised a publication ceremony in the BIRDEM auditorium. Colorectal surgeon Associate Professor Dr Abdullah Al Amin presented the key paper on that occasion. Director General of BIRDEM Major General (Retd) Dr Giasuddin was the chief guest in the programme while the Head of Colorectal Department Prof Humayun Kabir Chowdhury presided over the ceremony.

Renowned surgeon Prof Motiur Rahman and Prof Mirza mazharul Islam discussed about various diseases of colon and rectum like piles, fissure, fistula in the publication ceremony.

Many patients of our country suffer from the disease and maltreatment cause sufferings of lots of people. The speakers in the programme emphasised on creating awareness about the disease.