Specialist doctors have advised utilising the 'golden hour', the first four hours after a stroke – to minimise paralysis and death risks, as most patients can completely recover if he is treated immediately.
Mentioning stroke as the leading cause of disability and the second most common cause of death worldwide (one in every six seconds), the doctors emphasised the importance of establishing stroke units in all the country's hospitals for speedy treatment of patients.
At a workshop organised marking the World Stroke Day at Ata Elahi Khan Auditorium of the Neurosurgery Department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Sunday, doctors also said in big hospitals like DMCH, there is no separate stroke unit. As a result, patients are being deprived of timely services. Necessary services provided in time can save patients from paralysis.
Speaking as the chief guest on the occasion, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Kanak Kanti Barua said, "Dhaka Medical College and Hospital does not reject any patient. However, I was surprised to know there is no stroke unit in this hospital. Cath lab has now been launched there and people will get international standard service.
Dr Mohammad Shafiqul Islam, an associate professor from Department of Neurosurgery at DMCH, said the first four hours after the stroke is the Golden Hour. If treatment is started at this time, the most of the patients can recover completely. Even if the treatment can be started within six to 18 hours of the stroke, it is possible to save many patients from paralysis and death. From the hospital management to doctors, anaesthesiologists and relatives of the patients, all should be aware so that the patients can get the service quickly.
Professor Dr Asit Chandra Sarkar, head of the Department of Neurosurgery at DMCH presided over the workshop while Professor Dr Khan Abul Kalam Azad, the principal of DMC, Brig Gen AKM Nasir Uddin, the director of DMCH, Brig Gen Md Nazmul Haque, the new director of DMCH, were present on the occasion as special guests.
A booklet on stroke was unveiled at the programme.