** People rescuing an injured passenger from inside a passenger bus hit by a truck on Dhaka-Mawa Expressway in Shologhar area of Shreenagar upazila in Munshiganj on Thursday. ** Motorcycles allowed on Padma Bridge after 10 months ** Commuters charge extra fare, passengers disappointed ** 78 people killed in Yemen stampede ** Moon sighting committee meets today to ascertain Eid day ** 9 killed in road accidents in 3 districts ** US announces new $325 m military aid package for Ukraine ** Eid-ul-Fitr in Saudi Arabia today ** Eid exodus begins ** LPG price cut illusive ** 15 hurt as bus overturns in capital ** New interbank cheque clearing timings set for Eid holidays ** Four women hit by a train die in Tangail ** 12.28 lakh SIM users left Dhaka on Tuesday ** Sylhet engineer threatened over power outage ** People rush to village homes to spend Eid holidays with their near and dear ones. This photo was taken from Sadarghat Launch Terminal on Tuesday. NN photo ** Surge in cases of dehydration, diarrhoea amid summer heat wave ** Padma Bridge construction cost increases by Tk 2,412cr ** PM gives Tk 90m to Bangabazar fire victims ** Textile workers block highway demanding wage, Eid bonus ** Attack on PM's motorcade Ex-BNP MP, 3 others get life term ** Load-shedding increases for demand of electricity during heat wave ** Motorbikes to be allowed on Padma bridge from Thursday ** 5-day Eid vacation begins from today ** Take Nangalkot train accident as a warning about negligence of govt functionaries **

Readers’ Voice

24 January 2023

Country needs more orthopedic hospital

We achieved liberation of Bangladesh in 51 years ago. During the recent years general medical treatment facilities have been expanding continuously. One after another, medical colleges and hospitals are being set up in districts where there was no medical college in the past. But in the arena of orthopedic medical treatment, no significant improvement in respect of quality and quantity is visible.
The Orthopedic Hospital at Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka is only institution where orthopedic teaching is available, which is very insignificant in relation to 170 million populations. Moreover, country men have little confidence in the quality of available orthopedic treatment now. Moneyed men go abroad for orthopedic medical treatment when required. Those who can not afford foreign treatment suffer much. Some go to unqualified indigenous so called doctors for orthopedic treatment and turn into permanently disable that is not desirable at all. Thousands of road accidents take place in the country every year that causes injuries and need quality orthopedic treatment. Other accidents also cause patients that need quality orthopedic medical treatment.
Government has to ensure orthopedic quality medical treatment available and affordable to mass people. A special project may be assumed urgently to set up one modern orthopedic medical institute in each administrative division in the country. Initially, some teachers may be appointed from friendly foreign countries for imparting orthopedic medical treatment in those institutions. I would like to urge the government to take a five year project to introduce orthopedic medical education in each administrative division. It would be a milestone in the arena of medical treatment in Bangladesh that the country men desire.

Md Ashraf Hossain
Middle Bashabo, Dhaka

Dhaka's Poor Air Quality

Bangladesh has been experiencing high levels of air pollution in the last couple of years which has led to a significant impact on people's health. As per a Health Report, air pollution has become the 2nd leading health risk factor after high blood pressure in our country. According to a Air Quality Study, Bangladesh was among the top 10 countries with the highest outdoor PM 2.5 (particulate matter) levels in recent years. Country's air is becoming increasingly poisonous in the absence of effective measures to control the release of pollutants.  
In Bangladesh, people suffer from the worst air quality in the months of November, December, January and February. As it has been a growing tension, the concerned authority needs urgent and sustained action to initiate comprehensive focus on reducing air pollution in order to afford clean air for country dwellers.

Wares Ali Khan
Sadar, Narsingdi

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