icddr,b donates essential medical supplies to DMCH for treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 19 May 2021: Today, icddr,b has handed over essential supplies containing medical equipment and medicine to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for treatment of critical COVID-19 patients. This is part of a grant agreement between icddr,b and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to strengthen icddr,b Dhaka Hospital’s capacity to provide COVID-19 treatment to its staff, and also supporting a healthcare facility serving underprivileged people in Dhaka city.

The medical supplies comprised of three units of High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC), 20 units of HFNC accessories, three units of patient monitor, 170 vials of broad-spectrum antiviral medication Remdesivir, and 100 vials of anticoagulant injection, all of which are aimed at reinforcing DMCH’s COVID-19 response.

The handover ceremony of the essential items took place at DMCH and was attended by icddr,b’s Head, Hospitals Dr. Baharul Alam and Brigadier General Md Nazmul Haque, Director, DMCH.

On the occasion Dr Baharul Alam said, “The coronavirus pandemic has led to strained healthcare systems not only in Bangladesh but around the world. Many thanks to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for extending their support in strengthening our capacities in treating more patients with quality care.”

“I am also thankful to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for the support it provides by treating referral patients requiring multidisciplinary care sent from icddr,b Dhaka Hospital” – he added.

In his remark, Brigadier General Md Nazmul Haque said, “icddr,b and Dhaka Medical College Hospital have close cooperation in relation to patient care. We are grateful for the generosity of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and icddr,b for their support of live-saving equipment and medicines. These will certainly boost our treatment effort by many folds.”

Dr. Alauddin Al-Azad, Deputy Director, Dr. Md. Khalequzzaman Khan, Deputy Director, Dr. Md. Ashraful Alam, Assistant Director, Dr. Halima Sultana Haque, Assistant Director, Dr. Ashrafun Nahar, Assistant Director, Dr. Md. Saad Ullah, Senior Store Officer of Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Mr. Shihab Uddin Ahmed, Senior Manager, Hospital, of icddr,b were also present at the handover ceremony.