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Inclusion of Family Physician system in National Health Policy demanded

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The 22nd national conference of the Bangladesh Academy of Physicians was held in the BIAM auditorium of the capital on Tuesday.


National Professor Brigadier (Rtd) Abdul Malik attended the conference as chief guest where World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) CEO Professor Garth Manning was present as a special guest, said a press release.


Dr Malik said that family physicians and family medicine in health services should be included in national health policy, now it is time to get the right balance of services.


To make the health service sector suffering from quadruple problems, it is necessary to implement Family Medicine or Family Physicians that are implemented and tested in the developed world.


This health system is officially recognized in countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Malaysia, established in many European countries.


Garth Manning said, ”We are trying to reach out to health services through family medicine and familial physicians throughout the world, we hope Bangladesh will also go ahead with health care through this.”


The south Asian president of the World Association of Family Physicians (WONCA) and President of Bangladesh Academy of Family Physicians, Professor Kanu Bala said that there is a system called 'GP Referral System' in the developed world, where a specific administrative area is assigned to a certain number of authorized doctors.


“All persons are registered under the system. If a person becomes sick, first of all go to the specific physician and go to the lab examination. He treats that person, if necessary, refer to the specialist. Expert doctors will not treat any patient except for reference to General Physician in the developed countries.”


The government of Bangladesh launched a community clinic with a visionary plan like GP Referral System. This initiative can be implemented as a beneficial and fruitful program by Family Physicians. In this way, the right health service will reach the doorstep of the common people.


Dr MD Nurul Islam Bhuiyan, Vice President, Bangladesh Academy of Family Physicians said that family diploma or fellowship of Family Medicine in Bangladesh is not recognized by BMDC.


In the end, it is imperative to implement Family Medicine and Family Physician system in the city and village, to make sure that all the resources, rich and poor, provide real-hearted good health services.


Nearly 400 doctors of family medicine and family physicians are participating in the conference from home and abroad.




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