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Children die for lack of health facilities at govt hospitals

47Many children with congenital heart diseases die across the country every year due to inadequate child health facilities at district level public hospitals and even at most of the state-run medical college and hospitals.

Around 220,000 children are born with congenital heart diseases in the country annually and many of them die after seven to 30 days of their birth due to lack of health facilities at the public hospitals, experts said.

Proper diagnosis of the diseases cannot be made at the district level hospitals for not having child cardiac care unit, they said.

Prof Dr Golam Mainuddin, a noted paediatrician, told daily sun that child heart disease is growing in the country day by day but proper treatment is not available at most of the public hospitals.

He urged the government to set up child cardiac care unit at every medical college and hospital in order to save lives of many newborn babies and children under-five in the country.

Noted cardiologist of the country Prof Dr Saidur Rahman said the number of cardiac patients is on the rise in the last two and a half decades.

It is also seen that eight to 10 babies in every 1,000 are born with congenital heart disease in the country. It means that around 220,000 babies are born with the disease every year, he said.

Congenital heart diseases among the newborns are growing as pregnant mothers suffer from anemia, diabetes and malnutrition, he added.

He urged the government to set up child cardiac care unit at all medical college and hospitals in the country so that child patients get proper treatment.

Talking to daily sun, Dr Samiul Islam, Director (Hospital) of Directorate of Health Services, said, “We have comprehensive child cardiac care unit at Dhaka Shishu Hospital [Dhaka Children Hospital], Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital to provide treatment to poor children with cardiac and other diseases.”

Steps will be taken to set up child cardiac care unit at all medical college and hospitals of the country, he added.

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