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Paediatric dept opened at Ispahani Islamia Eye Hospital
A paediatric outpatient department was opened at Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and Hospital in the capital on Tuesday to facilitate eye treatment for children.
The new department housed in a seven-storey building was inaugurated on October 30 to mark the 68th birthday of hospital founder Mirza Ali Behrouze Ispahani.
‘The hospital has been providing healthcare to people since its inception in 1960 and the new paediatric department has been set up to strengthen and expand its services to child patients suffering from visual problems,’ said hospital chairman Mirza Salman Ispahani at an inaugural ceremony held on the occasion at the annex building of the hospital.
Around 4,000 patients received eye treatment from all branches of the hospital, including its main facility in the capital, per day, he said.
The building was established at a cost of $1 million funded by the Standard Chartered Bank under its ‘Seeing is believing’ project.
The bank project was introduced in Bangladesh as part of its global initiative to fund healthcare for underprivileged people with reversible blindness, said Standard Chartered Bank chief executive director Naser Ezaz Bijoy.
Around 0.75 million people in Bangladesh suffered from blindness, he said adding that approximately 80 per cent of them could be cured through minor treatment at minimum cost.
The bank was running 167 projects in 32 countries for the treatment of reversible blindness and visual impairment by improving access to affordable and quality eye treatment,
Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and Hospital medical service director Mustafizur Rahman delivered the welcome speech at the programme while hospital planning and development director Gazi Md Nazrul Islam Faisal gave the opening speech.
Two documentary videos, one the hospital’s journey and the other on Mirza Ali Behrouze Ispahani, were also screened at the inaugural event.
Chaired by Mirza Salman Ispahani, advisor to the hospital management committee Nafiseh Ispahani, former advisor and member of management committee Zahida Ispahani, head of paediatric department Mustafa Hossain, programme manager of the Standard Chartered Bank project Sally Crook and advisory board member Iraj Ispahani, among others, spoke on the occasion.