Health Minister Zahid Maleque MP on Tuesday launched a web-based Advanced COVID-19 Clinical Management Course virtually for Bangladeshi doctors.
The course, developed by Brown University of the US, is aligned with Bangladesh's national case management and critical care guidelines, and was reviewed and endorsed by a working group of national experts under the leadership of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said a press release.
'"In recent days, we are witnessing an escalation of Covid-19 cases. To address this, and as a part of our preparedness, this collaborative training course will help all government and private physicians working at the sub-district, district, and tertiary level hospitals to have the best evidence-based clinical knowledge on Covid-19 in Bangladesh," said the minister at the inauguration event.
The course was developed with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora, Additional Director General (Planning and Development), DGHS; Prof. Dr. Mohammad Shahidullah, Chairman, COVID-19 National Advisory Committee and President, Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC); Professor Dr. Nasima Sultana, Additional Director General (Administration), DGHS; Xerses Sidhwa, Director of Office of Population, Health, Nutrition, and Education (OPHNE) of USAID Bangladesh; and Onno Van Manen, Country Director of Save the Children in Bangladesh were present.
The event was chaired by Prof. Dr. Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Director, DGHS. Dr. Ruhul Abid, Associate Professor, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, Watson Institute; Executive Faculty Member, Brown Global Health Initiative gave a brief demonstration of the course during the event.
Over 150 attendees joined the virtual launching event from all over the country.