3rd International Conference on Emergency Medicine

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2nd International Conference on Emergency Medicine

1st International Conference on Emergency Medicine & International Congress of Bangladesh Medical Association of the UK.

Date: 22nd to 25th February 2009

Venue: Dhaka Regency Hotel, Nikunjo, Airport Road, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

In view of the rapidly growing population of Bangladesh, it has been nationally recognised that there is a huge need for expansion and improvement of the healthcare services in Dhaka City and in Bangladesh at large.

Since the independence of Bangladesh, post-graduate medical education and training has come a long way to develop the different specialities within medicine. I must sincerely thank the seniors who worked hard to achieve the stage we are today. It is also true that there is much more which needs to be done in order to provide a minimum health care facility to every citizen of Bangladesh, a Nation of 160 million.

Bangladesh now offers post graduate qualifications and training in a lot of sub specialities within medicine through its many institutions, in particular Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons. However, Emergency Medicine had not been introduced as a speciality of its own entity.

Considering the urgent need of introduction and development of Emergency Medicine in Bangladesh, a day-long international conference was arranged at Dhaka on 22nd February 2009 in alliance with the Bangladesh Medical Association in the UK (BDMA UK). This conference marked the first milestone in the history of Emergency Medicine in a country born through war and conflict.

The conference was inaugurated by Dr Quazi Mahfuzal Haque FRCR (London), President of BDMA UK, and the first session was chaired by Prof. Anisul Haque FCPS, FRCP, and Professor of Neurology of BSSMU. Prof. Omar Faruk MD, FACP, FACEP, FCPS, Professor and of Post-graduate Educator of Critical Care Medicine from BIRDEM gave the opening talk on ‘Emergency Medicine and its future development in Bangladesh’. The following three sessions of talks were chaired and co-chaired by distinguished physicians from home and abroad. The honoured speakers were from North America, UK, and Middle East and from the host country, Bangladesh.

The target audience were mainly trainees but there were a considerable number of senior doctors, totalling over a hundred. A CME Certificate was presented to participants acknowledging their attendance. An announcement was made at the closing speech for the 2nd International Conference of Emergency Medicine in January 2010, involving International Doctors of North America and UK, in collaboration with the doctors of Bangladesh.

Thanks were given to the honoured speakers from all three continents. Dr Mirza Nazimuddin MRCP, Consultant Physician and Head of Intensive Care Unit of Square Hospital, Dhaka and Dr Saif-ul- Haq, a post-graduate trainee at BSSMU were given special thanks for their hard work to make this conference successful.

The conference of Emergency Medicine was followed by two more days of International Congress of BDMA UK which was inaugurated by Dr Rahul Haque FRCS (Ortho), Minister of Health, Peoples Republic of Bangladesh and other dignitaries. A large number of participants, senior and junior doctors attended the conference. The conference ended with a prestigious dinner and a speech by the President and Secretary of the BDMA UK. The dinner was honoured by the presence Mr M A Muhit, Minister of finance of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh, Dr Modasser Ali FRCS(Ophth), Advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and His Excellency Mr Stephen Evans, CMG OBE, British High Commissioner in Bangladesh, who gave a very encouraging and enthusing speech. Special thanks were given to Dr Badrul Amin Siqqique, Secretary of the BDMA UK for his sincere and tireless effort to make this conference successful.

Post conference, a health camp was held on the 25th February 2009 at Sharishabari in Jamalpur district by the special effort of the secretary of the BDMA UK. A team of fifteen doctors from different speciality including General Practitioners from the UK have seen over 150 patients of needs with a warder spectrum of clinical conditions.

News letter prepared by: Dr Mohammed Ohidul Alam

Specialized in Emergency Medicine

United Lincoln Hospitals NHS trust

England. United Kingdom

Email: drmoalam@yahoo.co.uk

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