Ophthalmologists here have said over 100,000 children born in Bangladesh every year face the risk of blindness and they may lose the eyesight anytime if not given proper treatment.
They highlighted this at a roundtable discussion titled ‘ROP Prevention & Treatment: Scope & Potentials’ at Press Institute Bangladesh (PIB) seminar room jointly organised by Orbis International and PIB on Monday.
Referring to statistics of the United Nations, Orbis Senior Medical Specialist Dr Lutful Husain in his keynote presentation said around 3 million babies are born in Bangladesh every year on average.
“Of them, at least 600,000 children are born prematurely. Of these premature babies, 20-22 percent kids face the risk of being affected with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP),” he added.
PIB Director General Zafar Wazed, Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) President Prof Mohammad Shahidullah, Orbis International Country Director Dr Munir Ahmed, OBGyn Society of Bangladesh ex-President Prof Rowshan Ara, Bangladesh Eye Hospital Consultant Dr Kazi Shabbir Anwar, among others, spoke at the programme.
According to ophthalmologists, ROP is a vaso-proliferative disorder affecting the avascular retina of babies who are born prematurely -- before 34 weeks of gestation.
Dr Lutful Husain said most parts of the country lack ROP service facilities as they are concentrated mainly on divisional cities and large district towns.
BMDC President Shahidullah laid emphasis on devising a short-term strategy to overcome the shortcoming.
Zafar Wazed stressed the need for building more close relations between media and health institutions for raising awareness.
Leading ophthalmologists, neonatologists, gynecologists and obstetricians, senior government officials, representatives from eye care institutions, non-government organisations, and other stakeholders took part in the discussion.
State-owned Petrobangla and Bapex on Tuesday signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with Russian state-owned oil major Gazprom to work together for the development of Bangladesh’s energy sector.
Petrobangla is the principal organisation in the country’s hydrocarbon sector while Bapex (Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Limited) is a subsidiary of Petrobangla dedicatedly working for the exploration of hydrocarbon.
Under the MoU with Bapex, Gazprom will jointly carry out gas field development activities like conducting 2D and 3D seismic surveys in Southern district of Bhola while the same Russian company will build a strategic partnership to implement different projects jointly under the deal with Petrobangla.
Addressing the signing ceremony at Petrobangla office, Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury said Gazprom’s MoU with Bapex will play a vital role in gas sector’s development of the Bhola Island.
“The MoU between Gazprom and Petrobangla is a strategic partnership under which both the companies may go for deep sea exploration, even there might be onshore exploration in the remote areas in Chittagram region,” he told reporters.
“They’re interested to work with us in any kind of development activities,” he added.
The function was also attended by Energy Secretary Anisur Rahman, Russian Ambassador A.I.Ignatov, Petrobangla Chairman ABM Abdul Fattah, while Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee of PJSC Gazprom Vitaly Markelov and Managing Director and CEO of Gazprom EP International B.V Sergey Tumanov and Petrobangla secretary Mohammad Ali signed the MoUs on behalf of their organisations.
Tawfiq Elehai said the government believes that this MoU will provide opportunities to work in a coordinated manner with the largest gas company in the world which has the most developed technologies.
“They’re the largest company having the biggest reserve and supplying gas to different countries in Europe through the longest gas pipeline,” he said adding that both Petrobangla and Bapex will immensely be benefited as they are very experienced company.
“We think this is a gift for the nation in Mujib Year,” the PM’s Energy Adviser added.
Petrobangla in a press release said the MoU signing is the follow-up of the Prime Minister’s Russia visit in 2010.
During the visit, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina requested the Russian President to extend his country’s cooperation for the development of Bangladesh’s gas sector.
Meanwhile, Gazprom has drilled 10 wells in the areas under Bapex and two other state-owned companies.
In the follow-up move, three more gas wells have been drilled in Srikail, Shahbazpur and Bhola North, said Petrobangla.
Later in 2017, an MoU was signed between the Energy Division of Bangladesh and the Energy Ministry of Russian Federation for the development of energy sector through a bilateral cooperation.
Under the MoU with Bapex, Petrobangla officials said, Gazprom will conduct 2D and 3D seismic surveys in the newly-discovered Bhola North gas field area.
Marble Slab Creamery, a food store specialised in serving homemade ice cream and a variety of other desserts, has recently launched a campaign to feed over 200 underprivileged children in the capital marking the “Children Day”.
With the collaboration of Ak Takay Ahar (One Taka Meal), Marble Slab Creamery launched the campaign on January 20 and fed freshly cooked lunch meals and scrumptious ice cream to the children in Bidyanondo Shishu Niketon and Jhilpar slum in Mirpur areas, said a press release on Tuesday.
Marking the Children’s Day, Marble Slab Creamery launched a CSR campaign where every customer could help to raise funds to feed the underprivileged children in Dhaka.
As a social responsibility, Shanta Multiverse Ltd wanted to bring smiles to the faces of underprivileged children by contributing Tk 40 from each ice cream sold at their stores during the three-day campaign.
Shanta Multiverse Ltd (the regional franchisor of Marble Slab Creamery) is a sister concern of Shanta Holdings Ltd.
Fresh homemade ice cream with customisable gourmet mix-ins and ice creams cakes are available at their stores in Dhaka.
The franchise also has 136 international branches in Bahrain, Canada, Guam, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Singapore and the United States.
The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Monday arrested a suspected member of banned militant outfit Ansar Al Islam from Jatrabari area.
The arrestee was identified as Md Omar Faruque alias Afsar alias Forhad, 30, a suspected trainer of Ansar Al Islam.
The CTTC also recovered a laptop and one mobile set from his possession.
Sources at the CTTC said Omar was wanted in a case filed against him with Jatrabari police station since 2019.
Omar Faruque became member of the banned militant group in 2014 and had been reportedly providing training to the other members of the outfit in Dhaka and Chittagong.
The Election Commission has imposed a ban on the movement of motorcycles for 54 hours and motorised vehicles for 18 hours in the capital for the elections to the Dhaka north and south city corporations slated for February 1
While the restrictions on the plying of motorbikes are set to come into effect on Thursday midnight and that for motorised vehicles will be effective from Friday midnight in the election areas.
However, the motorbikes and vehicles with EC’s stickers, vehicles of emergency services, including ambulance, fire service and postal department, will remain out of the ban purview.
The restriction was imposed as per the article 32 of the Road Transport Act-2018, said a notification of the Election Commission issued on Monday.
The plying of baby-taxi or auto-rickshaw, taxicab, microbus, jeep, pickup, car, bus, truck and other motor-driven vehicles will be restricted from January 31 midnight (12:00am) to February evening (6:00pm).
In case of motorcycle, the restriction will be effective from January 30 midnight (12:00am) to February 2 morning (6am).