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First conference on lung health held

In order to share experiences and exchange views among physicians, first international conference on lung health entitled “Pulmocon 2008” held recently at a local conference centre in the city.
Bangladesh Lung Foundation organised the two day conference marked with a good number of seminars and symposiums. Renowned physicians from home and abroad congregated there and presented abstracts and research papers.
Professor Dr Mohammad Tahir, Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Seikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) was present as the Chief guest while Professor Dr M A Faiz, Director General of Health Services was the special guest.
Speakers at the seminar discussed about various diseases related to lung health, specially focused on tuberculosis, asthama and childhood pneumonia.
Professor Tahir expressed that diseases related to lung are emerging as a threat by and by. He advised physicians to boost up their vigilance to give improved and proper care to the patients.
Professor Faiz urged doctors to work together to combat the national burden tuberculosis and suggested them to be very careful in giving drugs as multidrug resistance TB has already posed threat.
President of Bangladesh Lung Foundation Professor Dr Md Rashidul Hasan presided over the seminar and depicted the condition of lung health of our country. He figured out that 7 million people are living with asthma. Bangladesh is in sixth position among countries where TB is prevalent.
21.6% people over the age of 40 are suffering from various lung diseases. Childhood pneumonia is still a major cause of death. He urged doctors and civil society to raise awareness and to stand against the emerging threats.

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