By developing single awareness as well as family awareness can keep away from diabetes. This came out at an online discussion organized by Healthcare start-up Dhaka Cast on the occasion of World Diabetes Day on Sunday, said a press release.
Ahmedul Haque Kiron, Consultant, Dhaka Cast, was the moderator of the event. Famous Bangladeshi scientist Dr Firdausi Qadri was the Chief Guest. Around 1000 diabetic patients attended the event. Renowned scientist, healthcare experts and higher officials of different organizations attended the event and discussed about the disease and problems of diabetic patients in Bangladesh
Dr. Firdausi Qadri highly praised Dhaka Cast for spreading awareness about diabetes among common people. She said, “When a person suffers from diabetes it not only impacts that person but the entire family. Hence, all the family members of a diabetes patient should work together to help him.” For her work, Dr. Qadri received many international awards including the L’Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science Award in 2020. In 2021, Dr. Qadri was included on the list of Top 100 Asian Scientist and received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award.
Dr. Fahreen Hannan, Founder, Dhaka Cast said, “Thanks to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT), healthcare startups around the world came up with innovative solutions that allowed people to receive healthcare services at affordable cost. At present, the doctor patient ratio is very low in Bangladesh. There are only six doctors for 1000 patients. As a results, patients do not get proper treatment in time. This becomes even more problematic for diabetic patients for they require regular treatment, medical checkup. ICT can play a critical role in this regard and Dhaka Cast is working on it. We are working to make healthcare affordable for diabetic patients.”
Among others, Prof. Dr. Subhagata Chowdhury, x-Director, The Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM) Laboratory; Ms. Tina F. Jabeen, former Managing Director, Startup Bangladesh Limited; Dr. Tahseen Bahar, Founder and General Secretary, Jagroto Manobikota; Dr. Ejaj Bari Choudhury, Head of Diabetes Center at Medinova Medical Services & City Hospital Ltd.; Dhaka Cast consultant Dr. Rezwana Biswas; Prof. Dr. Md. Montasir Islam, Chairman, Dhaka Cast attended the event.
In the Q/A session, healthcare experts answered patients’ inquiries.
Patients received attractive gifts for attending the events. Dhaka Cast gave gifts to patients who subscribed to its services. On the eve of World Diabetes Day Dhaka Cast announced month long special discounts and gifts for customers.
Startup Bangladesh Limited of the ICT Division supported Dhaka Cast to organize this event.
Since 1991, International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) and World Health Organization (WHO) have been jointly observing the World Diabetes Day. The main goal of this day is to raise awareness among people about diabetes and bring together health experts, scientists and researchers all over the world to discuss, share knowledge, work together to come up with affordable solutions that will help diabetic patients. This year, the World Diabetes Day slogan is “Access to Diabetes Care, if not now, when?”