Dhaka, Sept 23 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged all the doctors and staff of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) to serve people with dedication.
“I would like to request all the teachers, doctors, officials, nurses and employees of the university that you dedicate yourselves to providing healthcare services to people. If so, the university will be able to reach its desired destination,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina was addressing a function after laying the foundation stone of the Super Specialised Hospital of Bangabanhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
The Prime Minister also opened the new structures constructed under the Centre of Excellence Project at BSMMU. The structures include convention centre, doctors’ dormitory, and diagnostics and oncology building of the university.
Sheikh Hasina stressed the need for a greater focus on medical research at the university.
“You’ll have to enhance concentration on research further. You’ll have to take effective measures so that people can stay away from diseases. You’ll have to enhance public awareness about health. We, on our government part, will keep extending all sorts of assistance to you,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina hoped that the Super Specialised Hospital will be a full-fledged research centre.
The Prime Minister said she formed a separate fund providing Tk 10 crore when the BSMMU was established so that ultra-poor patients can receive treatment availing of support from the interest of the fund.
Hasina said she will provide Tk 10 crore more to the fund from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.
Noting that now there are many rich families in the country who want to receive treatment abroad in case of any minor disease, she said, “I don’t mind with it though many people think they should receive treatment in Dhaka not going abroad.”
“I don’t have objection if rich people go abroad to receive treatment because the common people -- from the lower and middle classes --will get greater scope to receive treatment here,” she added.
Hasina said the Awami League government established the country’s first medical university, BSMMU, in 1997 facing many challenges. Assuming power in 2009, her government also set up two more medical universities in Chattogram and Rajshahi, and started the process to establish Sylhet Medical University.
“A bill will be placed in the Jatiya Sangsad today (Thursday) to set up the Sylhet Medical University,” she said adding that government has a plan to set up a medical university in every division of the country, if they can assume power for the next time.
She said her government established five medical colleges at a time and has already given approval to set up four new medical colleges in Noagaon, Netrakona, Magura and Nilphamari. Besides, the government will give approval to another medical college in Chandpur.
All public and private medical colleges from Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions will have to be affiliated with the Rajshahi Medical University, while the medical colleges from Chattogram and Sylhet with the respective divisional medical universities. The medical colleges, except Dhaka Medical College, from all other divisions, including Mymensingh, Khulna and Barishal, must be affiliated with the BSMMU. Dhaka Medical College will remain affiliated with Dhaka University.
Sheikh Hasina said it is necessary to monitor whether quality doctors come out from the medical colleges.
She emphasised construction of a separate dormitory for nurses alongside doctors’ dormitory at the BSMMU.
The Prime Minister said the government continues implementation of many plans to turn BSMMU into a centre of excellence.
Focusing on the socio-economic development, she said her government has been able reach all sorts of services to the doorsteps of the people in the country in the last nine and a half years after assuming power in 2009.
Project Director of the hospital Prof Zulfiqur Rahman Khan made a presentation on the project at the function.
In his presentation, Prof Zulfiqur Rahman said the 13-storey hospital will be the first-ever super-specialised hospital in the country. The 1000-bed hospital will provide centre-based medical services to 5000-8000 patients a day, he added.
The hospital is being constructed on 3.8 acres of land on the northern side of the BSMMU spending Tk 1,366 crore. Of the project cost, South Korea will provide Tk 1,047 crore as low interest loan with 40 years of repayment period.
At the hospital, he said, there will be Centre for Specialised Autism and Maternal and Child Care, Emergency Medical Care Centre, Hepatobiliary and Gastroenterology Centre, Cardio and Cerebrovascular Centre, Kidney Centre, and Respiratory Medicine Centre, General Surgery Centre, Ophthalmology/Dentistry/Dermatology Centre, Physical Medicine/ Rehabilitation Centre.
As per directives of the Prime Minister, there will be gardens around the hospital, sunken gardens, rooftop gardens and other environment-friendly facilities which will be run fully in digital system.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Health and Family Welfare Ministry Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, MP also spoke at the function held with BSMMU Vice Chancellor Prof Kanak Kanti Barua in the chair.
Kishoreganj, Sept 12 (UNB) - Police on Wednesday pressed charges against five alleged JMB men over the militant attack near Sholakia Eidgah in 2016 that left four people dead.
Inspector (Investigation) of Kishoreganj Sadar Police Station Arifur Rahman submitted a charge-sheet before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in the afternoon, said Mashruf Rahman, superintendent of Kishorganj Police at a press briefing.
Those charge-sheeted are Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan, 60, Anwar Hossain, 33, Abdus Sabur Khan alias Sohel Mahmud, 33, Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, 32, and Jahidul Haque Tanim, 24. All of them are now behind the bars.
The SP said police found the involvement of 24 JMB militants in the attack but made five of them accused as rest 19 were killed during raids.
On July 7, 2016, the Eid day, at least four people, including two policemen, were killed and 12 others injured in a bomb attack coupled with an exchange of gunfire after terrorists attacked a temporary police check-post near Sholakia Eidgah in Sadar upazila.
Cumilla, Sept 12 (UNB) - The court here on Wednesday deferred BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s hearing till Thursday in an arson case filed under the Special Powers Act in Comilla in 2015.
After the hearing, Judge KM Shamsul Alam of Comilla District and Sessions Judge Court scheduled the date for more detailed hearing in the afternoon. Hearing will start from the next day at about 9:30 am.
Public prosecutor advocate Mustafizur Rahman Liton and some other Awami League-backed advocates and BNP-backed lawyers Advocate Quaimul Haque Rinku, advocate Taifur Rahman and some others were present in the court premises during the hearing.
Earlier eight persons were killed and 25-26 persons were injured by setting fire on a passenger bus at an area of Chauddagram upazila of the district on February 2, 2015.
The next day, Sub-inspector Nuruzzaman of Chouddagram Police Station filed a case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 32 other leaders and activists of her party with the police station in this connection.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) – A contempt of court plea has been filed with the High Court on Wednesday against Dhaka University Vice-chancellor Prof Akhtaruzzaman, Proctor Dr AKM Golam Rabbani and Treasurer Dr Kamal Uddin for not taking steps to arrange election of the DU Central Students' Union (Ducsu) in compliance with its earlier directives.
Advocate Manzill Murshid filed the petition on behalf of those who had filed a writ petition over the issue.
An HC bench of Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Dr KM Hafizul Alam might hear the petition on Sunday next.
Earlier on September 4, he served a contempt of court notice to the DU vice-chancellor and two others for their explanation as to why they did not take steps to hold the Ducsu election.
Earlier on January 17 last, the HC asked the DU authorities to take necessary steps within the next six months to hold Ducsu election.
A writ petition was filed by 25 students of DU in March 2012 seeking its order to compel the authorities concerned to arrange the Ducsu election.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) – A special makeshift court in Old Dhaka Central Jail adjourned the hearing in Zia Charitable Trust graft case filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia as she did not agree to appear before it on Wednesday.
Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 adjourned the hearing after Khaleda’s lawyer filed a petition stating that holding trial of the case in the central jail without permission of the Supreme Court goes against the Constitution and the law.
The court later asked Khaleda’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia to submit a written explanation on Thursday stating how the trial proceedings would continue in the case on Thursday.
On September 4, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry issued a gazette notification to hold the trial of Khaleda Zia in the case at the Old Dhaka Central Jail after setting up a makeshift court there.
The following day Khaleda was produced before the special court-5 when she stated that she is sick and she will neither be able to appear before the court repeatedly nor can stay there for a long time. "My legs will swell if I keep sitting here (on wheelchair) for a long time."
The BNP chairperson is now at Nazimuddin Road central jail, serving five years' rigorous imprisonment as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 this year.