Telemedicine Center will start operation at the Upazila health complex in the country from Sunday to provide healthcare facilities to the rural people. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division under its 'InfoSarker Project' will launch 25 Telemedicine Centers initially at 25 Upazila Health Complexes, official sources said.
Physicians and doctors of 11 medical university and college hospitals and institutions, including Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Shaheed Suhrawardy Hospital, will provide advice and treatment regularly to the patients of rural areas free. "More Telemedicine Centers will be set up in the second phase," said the official.
The ICT Decision took the initiative to launch Telemedicine Centers in phases with an aim to ensure the access of the people specially the rural people to medical services. According to a WHO report published in 2000 that there are only one doctor in every 4,251 people in Bangladesh, a source of ICT Division said.
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the present government is committed to ensuring health services for every citizen of the country. That is why it has taken initiative to introduce telemedicine services to cover the people of rural of area who generally remain out of healthcare services, he added.
The state minister said providing treatment using telemedicine services is most modern system which creates opportunity for the patients of rural area to have treatment from expert physicians. "We have just started launching Telemedicine Center in a limited scale now but we have a plan to increase the number in future," Palak said.
Project Director of 'Infosarkar Project' Saiful Islam said the modern and sophisticated equipment including Tele Stethoscope, Tele Ophthalmoscope, Tele ECG, Tele BP Machine, Tele Microscope have been sent to the 25 Upazila health complexes to run those Telemedicine Centers, according to BSS. -Mithun