An 11-member medical team from Germany arrived in Dhaka on Saturday morning to carryout surgery on burn victims of the recent political violence.
For Bangladesh Association, a Germany-based voluntary organization dedicated to provide healthcare service to Bangladesh, has sponsored the team's 10-day Bangladesh visit. The medical team will attend patients at the burn units of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
Immediately after landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, the team members went straight to DMCH and held a press conference at the National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery where they unveiled details of their mission in Bangladesh.
The press conference was addressed, among others, by Eng. Hasnat Mia, President of For Bangladesh Association, Germany, Dr Habibe Millat MP, Bangladesh country coordinator of the association, Prof Dr Md Abul Kalam, Head of the National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery, DMCH, Prof Dr Sumanta Sen, the institute's Honorary Advisor, and Brigadier General Mizanur Rahman, Director of DMCH.
Among the foreign surgeons, Prof. Dr. Heinz-Herbert Homann, leading surgeon (plastic, burn , hand surgery] at BGU Hospital, Duisburg, Germany, Dr Greg Pataki, Interplast, Hungary and Ms. Greta Hesseling of Holland Interplast also spoke at the press conference.
Besides, team members Dr Peter Preissler, Senior Surgeon, St. Johannes Hospital, Germany, Dr Peter Vancso, Interplast - Hungary, Dr Marc Kraemer, Sanego-Augusta Hospital, Germany, Dr Eva Verga, Interplast - Hungary, anesthetist, Ms Greta Hesseling of Holland, Ms. Carolina Hoerner of Germany, Ms. Sharita Millat, Managing Director, Veritas Pharmaceuticals and Mrs Kaya Mia , country representative of For Bangladesh Association, were also present at the press conference.
The journalists were also informed that during their 10-day stay in Bangladesh, the team members would also treat general burn patients along with the burn victim of political violence. To select the general burn victims, the DMCH has floated advertisements in national dailies and a large number of patients responded to the advertisements. Among them, the burn unit authorities have primarily selected nearly 200 patients while the final selection of the patients to be treated would be decided by the team members who have already started their work since Saturday afternoon.
Besides treating the burn patients, the team members will also give advanced training to the local surgeons and nurses. All operations would be recorded on Video and be shown live to the local doctors as part of their advance training. At the end of each day, a briefing session would be held by local doctors.