For the first time, the annual conference of Asian Interventional Cardiovascular Therapeutics has taken place in Bangladesh.
The 2015 conference, a three-day-long event of 11th yearly assembly, started on November 12 and continued till November 14 with the support of Bangladesh Society of Cardiovascular Intervention.
Among many experts, Director of National University Heart Centre in Singapore, Professor Tan Huay Cheen, who is currently President of the Asia Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology and Board of Trustees of Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention, was also present in the conference. The Daily Observer has taken an interview of Prof Tan to know his observations about the present status of health system in Bangladesh. Excerpts from the interview are as follows:
Observer: Please share with us your impression about the 11th Asian Interventional Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference that has taken place in Bangladesh for the first time.
Tan Huay Cheem: The conference was a big gathering. Above 100 experts from national and international level participated in the meeting. It will create an immense interest among interventional cardiologist from here and abroad. This is a big platform where experts can exchange their expertise and experiences. Through this conference Bangladesh will achieve exposure internationally. The impact of this conference will bring in positive changes, such as member countries will share and update many issues, facts and findings relating to health, especially cardiology related complex matter.
Observer: What is your assessment of existing Bangladesh health care systems?
Tan Huay Cheem: I have been visiting Bangladesh for years. I have seen so many developments in health sector over here. There are some hospitals and community health clinics which are really well equipped and are able to give proper services. But becoming fully well-equipped and developed health sector will take some more times.
Observer: The heart problem is increasing, would you please suggest what people should do to keep their hearts healthy in their busy city life?
Tan Huay Cheem: Heart problem is increasingly getting a complex problem globally due to new life style and food habit. People should be aware of having food which have good nutritional value rather than contain fat. Smoking is very bad for our health, so quitting smoking is a must to protect our heart. Tension has increased due to increasing level of workloads which is also causing heart diseases.
We have to try to lead a life with less tension. And, of course, we should have free hand exercise for 10-20 minutes every day that will help to have a healthy heart.
Observer: Are you satisfied with the existing hospital facilities in Bangladesh?
Tan Huay Cheem: As I have mentioned before I have visited Bangladesh for several times and I also paid visits to dozens of hospitals. I observed a few hospitals are well equipped with modern technologies and provides good health care facilities. But as I said earlier it will take some more time to be fully developed.
Observer: Could you mention about safety measures taken by Bangladesh? As you know, some foreign countries have been issuing travel alerts for their citizens to be cautious while in Bangladesh or to avoid the country. Did you feel threatened here?
Tan Huay Cheem: No I did not feel any threat. I am very comfortable. I go outside whenever I feel like. From my personal experiences, I must say Bangladesh people are very hospitable and kind hearted. I really enjoyed a peaceful environment during this conference.
Observer: How do you review the AICT's conference in Bangladesh?
Tan Huay Cheem: I think AICT's was a successful event. Behind successful event preparation and commitment is the key. It was possible due to precise and dedicated preparation and outstanding commitment of BSCI (Bangladesh Society of Cardiovascular Intervention) personnel.
The participants have been enriched by the scientific lectures, case based presentation, abstract presentation, case competition and live case transmission from home and aboard.
Meeting was a successful one with fulfilment of its objectives to create a platform to mingle with fellow colleagues, exchange views and ideas and share skills in terms of cardiovascular intervention. Conference has also boosted up the existing symbiotic relationship among the nations of the Asia- Pacific region across the geographical boundaries.