Bangladesh's first international-standard specialised children's operation theatre (OT) was inaugurated on Wednesday at the National Institute of Ophthalmology & Hospital (NIO&H) at Agargaon in Dhaka.
Director of NIO&H and Line Director of National Eye Care Prof Jalal Ahmed inaugurated the OT in the morning.
Bangladesh Country Director of Orbis International Dr Munir Ahmed and Head of the Paediatric Ophthalmology Department at NIO&H Md Forhad Hossain were present as special guests.
Physicians, officials, teachers and students of NIO&H were also present, says a press release. NIO&H and Orbis, which is sponsoring the OT unit, believe it will be milestone in paediatric eye care in Bangladesh. They say children will be given world-class eye care services at the unit for free. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Jalal Ahmed and Dr Munir Ahmed urged all concerned to work sincerely for ensuring the best utilisation of the operation unit.
Stressing the need for maintaining high quality in services, Professor Jalal said, "Installation of this highly expensive operation unit will be useless unless we can ensure the best services. We can advance only by offering the best practices."
Dr Munir said equipment and services at NIO&H have improved a lot and expressed his hope that they would improve further.