Free cardiac surgery of poor children begins

A four-day long free cardiac surgery for poor children began yesterday at National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease (NICVD) at Sher-e-Banglanagar in the capital. Health Minister Mohammad Nasim inaugurated the progamme in the morning. Prime Minister’s ICT affairs adviser Sajib Wazed Joy was also present on the occasion. The NICVD has arranged the programme marking the 40th death anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. At least 49 underprivileged children will undergo free cardiac surgery at the programme.
A team of pediatric cardiovascular surgeons and specialists from Sharjah Charity International in Dubai in association with the National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease will perform cardiac surgeries. The surgery that began yesterday will continue on August 16 with the financial assistance of Sharjah Charity International.
The surgery team, led by Dr Ahmed Mohammed Al-Kamali, an expert of pediatric cardiovascular disease of Dubai Hospital comprising Dr Mahmood Al Soufi, Dr Ayman Gobarah and Dr Yeyahia Keraly and the pediatric cardiovascular surgeon of the NICVD Dr ABM Abdus Salam, head of the department of cardiovascular diseases coordinated the team.
About 3 lakh children have been suffering from cardiovascular disease since after birth and about 40,000 children were born with the heart disease every year. Fifty per cent of them died for being failure of taking medical treatment as the treatment is very costly. NICVD is provided health facilities to the mass people by government aid. This is the 6th term of such arrangement to provide free cardiovascular surgery for the poor children by foreign experts.
Baishaki, a two year old girl has been suffering from heart leakage after her birth. Her father is a barber and he does not have ability to make a surgery for his daughter. This opportunity gives his child a new life, said Subal father of the baby.