Bangladeshi health activist visits SIUT

Karachi: Dr Zafarullah Chowdhury, a health activist from Bangladesh and a recipient of Magsaysay award has strongly opposed the medical colonization in developing countries.

Currently on a visit to Pakistan, he paid a visit to Sindh Institute of Urology Transplantation (SIUT) on Tuesday. Dr Chowdhury who is involved in setting a field hospital for refugees in his own country fully endorsed the philosophy of SIUT based on community participation.

He stressed that medical care should always be indigenously controlled in order to provide benefit for the people at grass root level.

Known for his pro-people approach in his country, Chowdhry, a former graduate of Dhaka Medical College, sharing his experience with his counterparts of SIUT, also highlighted the need of reducing the maternal mortality rate and the need of locally trained medical workforce in order to achieve desired and far reaching results of better health cover.

Citing his experience in the field hospital, he said effective health care delivery system can be developed by active participation of women as a component of primary health care delivery system.

Strongly opposed to commercialization in health care system, Dr Chowdhry has gained prominence in formulating national drug policy in his country. He pleaded the need of a generic system in developing world as it would drastically reduce the prices and also affordable for vast population.

He appreciated the SIUT’s policy of keeping full time doctors and regretted the half hearted approach of medical professional who divide their time between hospitals and their private clinics.

Professor Anwar Naqvi of SIUT briefed the visiting doctor and his team member about the activities of the institute and possibility of any future collaboration between two institutions.

During the visit Dr Chowdhury also met renowned social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi who regularly receives dialysis treatment at SIUT

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