Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin
President, Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA)
Special Correspondent: It’s a blue, quiet, tremendous water way. A great ocean filled with cooling touch which is deep to deeper that poetry of pure soul. His words touches hearts of others very easily. What an amazing and easy-to-speak melody it is!
He is a fair minded person in a complex period. His daily working schedule is fixed from dawn to mid-night.
In spite of having no time even to take rest, he talked with a heavenly smile. He is undoubtedly a man of sacred soul. It’s really tough to build up any person in such a shape. He is an enlightened freedom fighter and a former Member of Parliament (MP).
Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin took birth on 15th March, 1951 in the capital. He is a skilled artisan of both body and mind. Dr. Jalal got his MBBS degree from Dhaka Medical College (DMCH) in 1976. He is currently functioning as the honorable president of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA).
It was 8pm on 4th October. More than 30 people mostly doctors were waiting for his arrival.
We, two in number, were waiting for him. As soon as he arrived at 09pm, he offered a simile and pointed us to follow him.
Interviewer: Tapas Raihan, Photos: SM Awal
amarhealth.com: Would you please tell me about health system of country?
Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin: Country’s health system is better than any other times. You know that High level World Health Organization (WHO) delegates came in Bangladesh. They visited different hospitals and lauded our healthcare system saying that Bangladesh’s healthcare is better than its neighbor countries. Besides, they said: ‘This government is cordially working to reach healthcare at the door step of people’.
amarhealth.com: What did they mean by neighboring countries?
Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin: They said about a number of countries like India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
amarhealth.com: Do you believe that initiatives taken by government are public friendly?
Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin: Of course! We went to visit several Rohingya refugee camps. Meanwhile, the number of these Rohingya refugees has already exceeded 10 lakhs. I’m talking about three days back. The refugees are getting proper healthcare facilities. Necessary steps are taken for the women delivering to children. A rumor was spread that health care would be broken down there. The outbreak of cholera, diarrhea and fever may collapse healthcare system in the area. But you will find there nothing. I think physicians are working there with high sincerity. As a result we found no irregularity over healthcare. Would it be possible if government was not public friendly?
amarhealth.com: What is the picture of hospitals in Bangladesh?
Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin: Though public hospitals could not properly up hold but picture of the hospitals like – Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), Sir Salimullah Medical College Mitford Hospital (SSMCMH) and Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital (ShSMCH) are totally changed. The general people of country are taking best treatment in these hospitals at nominal price. It is true that DMCH is providing the best treatment in country. People are highly satisfied with its treatment.
amarhealth.com: How is about our journey over digital healthcare?
Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin: I think that we walked many paths in this regard. The initiatives taken by government are really laudable. The Community Clinic (CC), established by our honorable prime minister, has created a silent revolution in healthcare system. On behalf of BMA, while I was visiting Rohingya refugees, I noticed that the CCs were providing several types of healthcare. I believe that the healthcare services given through CCs, are in a word ‘amazing’.
amarhealth.com: Who is basically responsible to create public awareness about health-disease-treatment?
Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin: Public awareness is a must for a healthy nation then talks come about doctors who are working sincerely. Above all, we’ll have to go ahead by coordinating with digitization and we are walking on that way.
amarhealth.com: Isn’t illness linked to adulteration in foods?
Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin: It may be in some cases. Basically, we are not dealing with food adulteration rather we can talk about counterfeit medicine. Even stern actions are taken against the people behind them.
Besides, medicines in Bangladesh are sold at economical price. Even Bangladeshi medicines are exported to foreign countries because the same medicines are sold at high rate there.
amarhealth.com: Are you satisfied over the initiatives taken to change picture of health system?
Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin: Yes, I’m. It would take few more times to reach our goal. It’s undoubtedly an immense job. We may not see them due to shortage of our lifetime. But in near future, I’m sure that this country will be Bangabandhu’s Bengal of gold.
amarhealth.com: What do you prefer to say in the concluding speech?
Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin: The Government of Sheikh Hasina is once again needed to build Bangabandhu’s Bengal of gold. Because, the incomplete works should be completed appropriately.