The ICT division, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), a2i Innovation Lab and eGeneration have jointly launched "Shohojoddha"- a plasma network to facilitate the collection and distribution of plasma from coronavirus recovered patients.
It is a plasma network platform designed with the intent to connect plasma donors and recipients in Bangladesh, reads a press release.
Chief guest Zunaid Ahmed Palak MP, State Minister for ICT division inaugurated the platform through an online event on Wednesday, reads the press release.
Dr Md Aminul Hasan, Director, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) was present, among others, in the event chaired by Dr Md Abdul Mannan, PAA, Project Director (Additional Secretary), a2i.
Shameem Ahsan, Group Chairman, eGeneration, presented his keynote presentation on the 'Shohojoddha' platform in the event.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak said, "The government has been taking successful measures to keep our population safe during this global health crisis. The "Shohojoddha" platform is a continuation of all the government efforts to cure people infected by the coronavirus. We want to effectively use the existing infrastructure that promote the public's health and implement IT infrastructure over the existing system to contribute to improved individual and communal health outcomes concerning coronavirus."
Special guest Dr Md Aminul Hasan, Director, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said, "Coronavirus is a crisis of a completely different magnitude and one that will require a response of unprecedented scale. Platform like "Shohojoddha" is much needed in our country's current situation. Health sector needs to adopt with digital technologies like this to fight a challenge like COVID-19. We wish this initiative a resounding success."
Chair of the program Dr Md Abdul Mannan, Project Director, a2i said, "a2i has been working continuously to collaborate with public and private sector to initiate different projects. We hope that platforms like "Shohojoddha" will be integrated into our public health system."
Anir Chowdhury, policy advisor, a2i said, "The plasma donor does not feel any illness as only plasma or aqueous part of blood is taken from the body of a corona recovered patient in plasma therapy. It is easier to give plasma than to give blood and there is no reason to be afraid. A major silver lining is that most infected people get completely cured from the infection. I would like to request the recovered people to register through the 'Shohojoddha' network so that you can contribute to stopping Covid-19."
Shameem Ahsan, Chairman, eGeneration, said, "We are living through an exceptional time, and our greatest strength lies in working together. The transmission of coronavirus has become a major concern for our public health, and we need proper implementation of information technology through collaboration of our government, private sector, and healthcare service providers to keep pace with the ongoing situation.
The "Shohojoddha" platform is the manifestation of the ideology to bring about technology innovation to our health sector, he added.
Faruq Ahmed Jewel, Head of Technology for i-Lab at a2i said, "To solve our national problems innovation lab has been doing research with RND partners and researchers. "Shohojoddha" is one of those initiatives that we are launching. Our belief is that the platform will play a vital part in binding different stakeholders to facilitate the plasma distribution in our country."
Dhaka Medical College (DMC), Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), United Hospital, Universal Hospital, Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), e-Cab, Praava Health, Pulse Health, OIwell, Grey, Ayat Foundation and Bangladesh Super Market Owners' Association, Pathao, Shohoz, BAGDOOM and Chaldal have become partners of this initiative.
In the platform, donors can register to become part of a digital plasma bank in Bangladesh that will serve patients infected by coronavirus, the press release adds.
The digital plasma network will enable infected patients to search and collect necessary plasma in case of a doctor prescribes convalescent plasma therapy.
The platform is available through www.shohojoddha.com web portal and Facebook page.
Among others, Col. Syed Mahfuzur Rahman, Head of Biomedical Department , MIST, Mohammad Abdul Waheed Tamal, General Secretary, E-Cab, Prof. Dr. A.S. Saidur Rahman, Managing Partner of Gray Bangladesh Mr. Gausul Alam Shaon, Chairman of Universal Medical College and Hospital Ltd. Preeti Chakraborty, Managing Director of Lab Aid Cardiac Hospital Mr. AM Shamim, Director of Evercare Hospital Dr. Asif Mahmud, Silva Quader Sinha, Managing Director of Prabha Health, Hussain M Elias, CEO of Pathao, Maliha Qadir, Managing Director of Sahaj, Kazi Enam Ahmed, President of Bangladesh Super Market Owners Association (BSOA), Nusrat Feroz Aman, Chief Patron, Ayat Education, Dr. Salahuddin Firoz, Medical Consultant, Olwel BD Ltd., senior officials of ICT Department and ATUI and media personnel were present in the programme.