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Coronavirus proves need for free healthcare for all– now

By Winnie Byanyima GENEVA, Apr 2 2020 (IPS) – The multi-layered crisis of the Coronavirus epidemic has been a dramatic shock to everyone. But, to communities affected by HIV and AIDS, the crisis has not only brought a further shock to already vulnerable people, it has brought other reactions too – a troubling sense of déjà vu, and a passionate, ... Read More »

Patient flees from Bhola hospital coronavirus isolation unit

One of the two patients fled from the coronavirus isolation unit of Bhola General Hospital on Wednesday. The patient got admitted with fever and cough on Tuesday night, but has not been seen at the hospital after 1pm, Bhola Civil Surgeon Dr Ratan Kumar Dhali said. The escapee, a staff of Sheltech Tiles Industries in Bhola hailing from Joypurhat, was kept ... Read More »

Social-Green Deal, a European answer to coronavirus crisis

by Maja Göpel on 31st March 2020 @beyond_ideology Concluding the Social Europe series on ‘just transition’, Maja Göpel zooms out to elaborate the shift in narrative entailed. The biggest difference the coronavirus crisis has brought to political discourse is the destruction of an assertion: markets are best left alone to find solutions, quickly and efficiently, to any big problem. Getting ... Read More »

Alleged wrong treatment kills pregnant nurse at RMC Hospital

Rajshahi, June 16 (UNB)- A nurse died while giving birth to a baby, due to alleged wrong treatment administered by doctors at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital on Sunday night. The deceased was identified as Mrs. Dilara Khatun, 30, a nurse of RMCH and wife of Mithun Miya of Bagha upazila. Relatives of the deceased said she was admitted to the ... Read More »

Newborn stealing: 2 sentenced to prison for life

Dhaka, June 12 – A Dhaka court on Tuesday sentenced two persons to life term imprisonment for stealing a newborn baby from Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and trafficking about a decade ago. The life term sentenced convicts are Jharna Begum, a resident of Boardbazar Kunuapachu area in Gazipur and Manik of Chanmara slum at Fatullah of Narayanganj. Dhaka’s Third ... Read More »

Govt not so cruel Khaleda has to die sans treatment: Quader

Dhaka, May 24 – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader has said the Sheikh Hasina government is humanitarian enough over the issue of treatment of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail. In response to a query over Khaleda’s treatment, Quader said: “As far as I know, the Sheikh Hasina administration is not so cruel that Khaleda Zia will have to ... Read More »

The contribution of humanitarian action to peace

By Peter Maurer Stockholm, May 22, 2019 (IPS) – The connection of humanitarian action to broader objectives like peace, development and human rights is understandably complex, but it is also an area in which some fresh thinking is important. The dilemma we are facing today is how to expand and uphold neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian action while designing and ... Read More »

Stop playing with Khaleda’s life: BNP

Dhaka, May 14 – Opposing the government’s move to shift Khaleda Zia to Keraniganj Jail, BNP on Tuesday urged the government to stop its ‘dirty game’ over the life of its ailing chairperson. “After returning home from London, the Prime Minister asked the ministry concerned to set up court in Keraniganj Jail to hold the trial of cases filed against ... Read More »

Khaleda will be shifted to Keraniganj Jail: Home Minister

Dhaka, May 14 – BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will be taken to Keraniganj Jail after her treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Tuesday. The old central jail, where she had been kept since February last year, will be converted into a museum, he told reporters at the Secretariat. “Preparations to shift her are ... Read More »

Grameenphone launches Tonic Booths in eight centres

Dhaka, May 8 – Grameenphone recently launched Tonic Booth in eight Grameenphone Centers (GPC) in Dhaka and Chattogram. Tonic Booth services are available in 6 GPCs in Dhaka which are GPC Gulshan, GPC Mirpur, GPC Dhanmondi, GPC Motijheel, GPC Farmgate and GPC GP House. It is also available in Chattagram at GPC GEC and GPC Agrabad. Grameenphone customers can visit ... Read More »

WHO restructuring fails to take non-state actors on board

New Delhi, 24 April (KM Gopakumar): The recent restructuring of the World Health Organization (WHO) hierarchy fails to address conflict of interest in the implementation of the Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA). WHO announced its new structure on 6 March 2019 that has four pillars viz. Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Emergencies, External Relations and Governance and Business Operations. ... Read More »

Journalist Mahfuz Ullah hospitalised

Dhaka, Apr 2 – Senior journalist Mahfuz Ullah was admitted to Square Hospital here on Tuesday with severe chest pain. The journalist has been kept at the coronary care unit (CCU) of the hospital under cardiologist Dr Mahbub Mansur, a Square Hospital official told UNB. He said Mahfuz Ullah was admitted to the hospital around 3pm as he has been ... Read More »

Kidney awareness society gives free service to poor patients

Dhaka, Feb 21 – At least 3000 poor patients have received free health consultancy, medicine and laboratory tests from specialist Doctors in a free medical camp, organized by voluntary organization KAMPS on Thursday. Aiming to pay tribute to the language martyrs in marking the World Mother Language Day-2019 in a different way, the non-profit organization Kidney Awareness Monitoring and Prevention ... Read More »

Big fire at Suhrawardy Hospital

Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – A big fire broke out at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital in the capital on Thursday afternoon. The fire originated at a storeroom on the first floor of a new building of the hospital around 5:50pm, said Rasel, duty officer of fire control room. Sixteen firefighting units are trying to extinguish the flame. “It’s a ... Read More »

Bd High Court asks for guidelines on physicians’ practice

Dhaka, Feb 12 – The High Court on Tuesday asked the government to form an independent commission to formulate a guideline for the physicians to conduct their private practices. Responding to a writ petition filed by five Supreme Court lawyers, a High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the order on ... Read More »

Fake female doctor held in Chittagong

Chattogram, Feb 12 (UNB) – Police arrested a fake female doctor from New Market area in the port city on Monday evening on charges of taking huge money from several women luring them of providing nurse job at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH). The arrestee Ruma Akhter, 21, wife of Md Sujan, hailing from Lalmohan upazila in Bhola district, used ... Read More »

Malaysia ranks 1st in world’s best healthcare category

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 7 (UNB)- Malaysia, with a score of 95 out of 100, was ranked first in the Best Healthcare in the World category of the 2019 International Living Annual Global Retirement Index. According to the International Living website, among top six countries that obtained the best ratings in the category of Best Healthcare in the World for this year, ... Read More »

Writ petition filed against private practice by govt doctors

Dhaka, Feb 04 – A writ petition was filed on Monday with the High Court seeking its directive upon the government to take necessary steps to completely stop private practice of the government appointed doctors. Five Supreme Court lawyers including Abdus Sattar Palwan jointly filed the petition challenging the legality of inaction of the authorities concerned to stop private practice ... Read More »