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11. März 2014 2 11 /03 /März /2014 03:21
  The first ever bone marrow transplant in the country was successfully completed yesterday. An expert team of physicians led by Prof M A Khan, head of hematology and oncology department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and Dr Bimalangshu Dey of Massachusetts General Hospital of the USA conducted the bone marrow transplantation of a 52-year-old man at the DMCH.
Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mohammad Nasim divulged the information at a media briefing at the conference room of DMCH-2.
"This is a milestone success for the country as well as the health ministry. From now on, patients need not travel to other countries for an expensive treatment but they can receive the facilities here," Nasim said. 
Also present, Prof MA khan said patients need to spend around Tk one crore to undergo a bone marrow transplant abroad. However, it would cost patients Tk 5-6 lakh only to complete bone marrow transplants at the DMCH, he added.
He also claimed that the newly set-up Bone Marrow Transplant Centre at the DMCH is an international standard treatment centre. He hoped that the centre will be able to provide successful transplantation to 90 percent of its patients. 
It was also divulged at the briefing that free treatment would be given from the centre for the first three months and the cost of the bone marrow transplantation would be determined considering the socio-economic condition of a patient.  Visiting physician Dr Bimalangshu said treatment would be given to 20 patients for the time being by taking stem cell from them. And then bone marrow transplantation will be conducted by taking stem cell from donors, he added. 
He also said four doctors and 20 nurses were given specialised training on transplantation of bone marrow and imparting education and training to more people will continue. The health minister said not only blood cancer, but patients of Thalassemia will also get new lives after introduction of such facilities in the country.
Among others, State Minister for health Zahid Malek, Director General of Health Directorate Prof Dr Deen Mohammad, project director Dr Bayejid, Khurshid Riaz and DMCH Director Brig Gen Md Mostafizur Rahman were present on 
the occasion.
 
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