Surgeons at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) have successfully conducted a liver transplant surgery, the first of its kind at a public hospital in the country, showcasing the progress in modern healthcare facilities in Bangladesh. BSMMU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof. Kanak Kanti Barua made the disclosure at a press conference yesterday. The surgery was successfully conducted free of cost on a 20-year-old man named Sirajul Islam after his mother donated a portion of her liver to him. Sirajul was diagnosed with Liver Cirrhosis in 2017.
A 50-member special medical team, led by Zulfiqar Rahman Khan-- head of Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic and Liver Transplant Surgery Department-- conducted the liver transportation surgery that lasted for about 18 hours. "We have made a remarkable progress in the health sector under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The average life expectancy has risen significantly in our country over the past a few years and we will keep making such signs of progress in the upcoming days," VC Barua said.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malik was present in the press briefing as the chief guest. The minister said the successful liver transplantation at the BSMMU is a milestone in the public healthcare sector of Bangladesh.
"I visited the patient and his mother. They both are doing well. I urge you all to pray for their speedy recovery," the minister added. He said the achievement has created scopes
for the country’s patients to undergo the surgery at a lower cost. The minister also said the government has implemented all of its major electoral pledges for the health sector.
“Many patients with heart complications go abroad for treatment but the rate of such patients is coming down as the country’s medical sector is becoming stronger. Besides, 98 per cent medicines are now being manufactured in the country,” he added
Four other liver transplant surgeries were conducted at different private hospitals in the country earlier with a 50-50 success rate.