For the first time a three-day-long 11th annual meeting of Asian Interventional Cardiovascular Therapeutics, (AICT) 2015 conference has taken place in Bangladesh.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim, MP, inaugurated the event as chief guest in the capital.
Talking about the importance of the conference Health Minister said that this international meeting will create an immense interest among Interventional Cardiologist from home and abroad.
"This meeting will create a big platform where national and international health experts will exchange their expertise and experiences," he said.
The conference started on November 12 and continued till November 14 with the support of Bangladesh Society of Cardiovascular Intervention (BSCI). AICT is one of the largest gatherings of interventional cardiologist in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond which is held annually in different countries of Asia-Pacific region. Dr NAM Momenuzzaman, President of BSCI and Prof Afzalur Rahman, Secretary General of BSCI, directly supervised the meeting. Around 450 interventional cardiologist including more than 100 international delegates from world renowned faculties actively participated in the conference. Diversified sessions were conducted in the conference, such as scientific lectures, case based presentation, abstract presentation, case competition and live case transmission from home and abroad.
Expressing opinion about the conference, one of participants Jim Blankenship, president of SCAI, said that the meeting was a successful one with fulfillment of its intention to create a platform to mingle with fellow colleagues, exchange views, ideas, and share skills in terms of cardiovascular intervention.
When contacted, Prof Afzalur Rahman, Secretary General of BSCI, who has played a vital role in arranging the conference, said that this conference had boosted the existing symbiotic relationship among the nations of the Asia- Pacific region across the geographical boundaries.
Another participant Dr. Christoph Naber, Director, Course of EURO PCR, said that this conference had a very warm and inclusive atmosphere which was unique and fostered exchange of experience among colleagues and friends.
"It was a full success and only became possible due to dedicated preparations and enthusiasm of BSCI's team members. I think proper preparation is the key for arranging such events and we could see the reflection of it," he added.
Prof Tan Huay Cheem, President of APSIC, talking to this correspondent, said that through this conference Bangladesh got international exposure that will help the country in future.
The three-day meeting concluded with the call to attend the next AICT 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan.