Health Desk: February 25, 2018: Paediatricians at an international conference in Dhaka today said 13,000 children get affected by cancer every year in Bangladesh, meaning the country is bearing a huge burden of the killer disease.
Paediatric cancer is increasing day by day due to several environmental factors and unlike adult cancer, it is most curable, they told a day-long conference of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Society of Bangladesh (PHOSB) at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
Vice Chancellor of BSMMU Prof Dr Kamrul Hasan Khan, former BSMMU vice chancellor and president of Bangladesh Childhood Cancer Society Prof Dr MA Mannan, President of Bangladesh Paediatric Association Prof Mohammod Shahidullah and child specialists and Secretary General of PHOSB Prof AKM Amirul Morshed Khasru, among others, addressed the conference with President of PHOSB Prof Chowdhury Yakub Jamal in the chair.
Khasru said there are only nine pediatric hematology and oncology centers in the public sector in Bangladesh.
"For proper management of these patients, we should develop more skilled manpower in the sector. We have to establish more pediatric hematology and oncology center in the country," he added.
Prof Shahidullah said, "Paediatrics has become a major subject over a period of time. It deals with various categories of children of different ages. There is inadequate manpower in the pediatric hematology and oncology sector."
Prof Kamrul said non-communicable diseases, particularly cancer and blood disease, has been a significant health concern in childhood after a notable reduction in the communicable diseases with the advent and execution of successful vaccinations and different other programmes.
The experts laid emphasis on prevention of thalassemia disease through taking necessary medical initiatives and creating awareness on the disease.