Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the government has introduced gastroenterology departments at 13 medical college hospitals across the country to expand the gastroenterology treatment in Bangladesh.
She made the remarks when a delegation of British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), led by its President Dr Cathryn Edwards, met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.
A number of Bangladeshi gastroenterologists, including President of Bangladesh Gastroenterology Society (BGS) Prof Dr Mahmud Hasan, were present during the meeting.
Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
The Prime Minister also said web cameras have been installed upto upazila hospitals across the country.
Besides, the government has been providing necessary training to nurses to make them more efficient, she said.
Dr Cathryn Edwards explained the importance of the BSG in the UK and its contributions to the delivery of training and clinical best practice standards in gastroenterology and hepatology along with facilitating specialty research.
He informed the Prime Minister that the BSG has been providing assistance for the development of quality and standard of gastroenterology treatment in Bangladesh.
Dr Edwards apprised the Prime Minister of a memorandum of understanding signed between BSG and BGS with the aim to support the establishment of a national training programme for endoscopy based at Sheikh Russel Gastro Liver Institute & Hospital at Mohakhali in Dhaka.
BSG President Dr Mahmud Hasan said the aim of the MoU is to bring an opportunity for reciprocal learning and collaborative research between the two societies.
He also said the establishment of a national endoscopy training programme in Bangladesh will underpin and help promote standardisation of care for patients with gastroenterology diseases.
In reply, the Prime Minister assured the BSG of providing necessary support from the government side, saying it wants to see more success of the efforts of the British society of gastroenterologists in Bangladesh.
The BSG is a registered charity organisation and one of the largest medical gastroenterology and hepatology communities in the UK.
As a professional organisation, it is a voice for gastroenterology and hepatology in the UK, influencing health policy nationally.
The BSG has established strong links with the BGS over the past seven years.
Prime Minister’s Personal Physician Dr ABM Abdullah was present on the occasion.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said the government urgently needs to free their party Chairperson Khaleda Zia on humanitarian ground instead of doing politics over the issue.
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting of BNP standing committee members with senior lawyers at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.
“The family members of our leader (Khaleda) have submitted a written application seeking arrangements to send her abroad for treatment as her condition seriously deteriorated,” the BNP leader said.
He further said, “I think it’s crucial for the government to free her on humanitarian ground instead of doing politics over the issue.”
The BNP leader said their party has been talking about the release of their chairperson alongside carrying out a legal battle for the last two years.
“People are demanding her release and her family also doing the same,” he added.
Fakhrul said Khaleda’s family members gave a letter to the BSMMU VC for ensuring advanced treatment for her.
Earlier, BNP standing committee members sat in a meeting with Khaleda’s lawyers around 4pm where they discussed various ways to free Khaleda.
Senior lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said they will again seek bail for Khaleda from the High Court next week.
He hoped that the court will grant bail to the BNP chief this time demonstrating that there is rule of law in the country.
Releasing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on parole is a matter of the court, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said Friday.
“It’s a matter of the court. She is in jail in corruption cases. The government would have considered releasing her if it was a political case,” he told reporters at Awami League president’s political office in Dhanmondi.
Parole is a conditional release of an inmate before completion of the sentence.
Quader said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir asked him over phone to inform Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina about Khaleda’s release on parole.
“He (Fakhrul) called me and requested to place the issue before the Prime Minister. I’ve discussed it with the home and law ministers. They didn’t receive any application in this regard,” Quader said.
Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister, has been in jail since February 8, 2018. She was convicted in two corruption cases. Her party insists that the cases are politically motivated but the government denies the charges.
Quader said that if BNP decides to apply for parole, they should mention why they are seeking it.
Seven aspirants have bought BNP’s nomination forms to contest the upcoming by-polls to three parliamentary seats in Dhaka, Bagerhat and Gaibandha.
They collected the nomination forms from BNP’s Nayapaltan central office on Friday.
Of them, party leaders Rabiul Islam Robi collected the form for contesting the Dhaka-10 by-election, while Kazi Muniruzzaman, Monirul Haque, Kazi Khairuzzaman Shipon Bagerhat-4 and Mainul Hasan Sadik, Rafiqul Islam and Mizanur Rahman Sarker Gaibandha-3 by-polls.
Party’s nomination board will finalise the candidates for the three by-elections after interviewing the nomination seekers.
The by-elections to Gaibandha-3, Bagerhat-4 and Dhaka-10 constituencies will be held on March 21 as per the schedule announced by the Election Commission on February 6.
According to the schedule, the deadline for the submission of nomination paper is February 19, while the date for scrutinising the nomination paper is February 23 and the last date for the withdrawal of candidacy is February 29.
Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in Dhaka-10, while traditional ballot papers in Gaibandha-3 and Bagerhat-4 constituencies in the elections.
Gaibandha-3 and Bagerhat-4 constituencies fell vacant following the death of Awami League MPs Dr M Yunus Ali Sarker on December 27 and Dr Mozammel Hossain on January 10 last respectively.
But the Dhaka-10 fell vacant as AL MP Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh resigned on December 29 to contest the Dhaka South City Corporation election.
Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon on Thursday criticised the government for what he said remaining silent over the Middle East Peace Plan of US President Donald Trump.
Speaking on a point of order in Parliament, Menon said the US has made the ‘so-called’ peace plan to hand over Palestine to Israel.
“The principle of Bangladesh is to support Palestine people’s struggle for their independence. But US President Donald Trump together with Benyamin Netanyahu worked out a plan to hand over Palestine to Israel,” Menon said.
As per the plan, the MP said Palestine will not have any army and their freedom fighters will be disarmed.
He also said the Palestine government, OIC, the EU and many other nations have turned down Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan. “Bangladesh had always stood by Palestine in the past but the government is still silent about this plan.”
Menon questioned whether the government remains silent in fear of Donald Trump as the US President is coming to India within a few days where he will decide the fate of this region together with Narendra Modi.
He also came down hard on Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen for remaining silent over border killing and Palestine problem.
The MP alleged that the foreign minister, during his speech in Parliament on the thanksgiving motion on the President speech on Tuesday, only talked about the economy. “But he didn’t say anything about border killing, foreign policy and the Palestinian problem.”
In response to Menon’s remarks, Momen, in a brief statement, said Bangladesh is still following the same policy regarding Palestine what it was in the past. “There’s no doubt about it.”