Moudud Ahmmed Sujan

A multimedia journalist with experience in in-depth reporting on science, public health, health inequality and government corruption, environment, migration and labour rights.

Where we stand now and the road ahead

When the first casualty of Covid-19 in the country was reported on March 18, 2020, it made headlines in almost all national dailies the next day.

1w ago

Where we stand now and the road ahead

So far, around 20.38 lakh Covid-19 cases were detected and 29,445 lives lost due to the viral disease

1w ago

Proper utilisation of time puts Rafsan on top

Rafsan Zaman, who scored the highest in the entrance exam for the 2023-24 MBBS, attributed his success, apart from his determination, to proper utilisation of time and focus on studies

2w ago

DMCH team: Stepping up in the hour of need

When ward master Riaz Uddin received the first three patients injured in the Siddikbazar explosion around 5:00pm on Tuesday, he had no idea that he was going to see over 100 more.

2w ago

Trafficked To Cambodia: Four victims get their money back

Four out of the five trafficked Bangladeshi youths, who were forced to con people over the internet in Cambodia last year, have got their money back.

Govt doctors can see patients after hours

Doctors in 83 public hospitals would be able to run private practice after office hours at their institutions from March as the government looks to get more use out of the existing healthcare infrastructure.

Locally Developed PCR Test KIT: Cheaper, more accurate in detecting Covid

A team of local researchers have developed a low-cost RT-PCR kit that they say is capable of detecting coronavirus infection in the human body more accurately and even before any symptoms arise.

Combatting Cancer: 2 in 3 patients die without treatment

However, as luck would have it, after 18 days of failed admission attempts, he was forced to return home, where he died in agony the following month without palliative care, a type of medicare for lessening the pain of dying patients like him

Bangladesh must be ready to make its own vaccines

Bangladesh should take measures to reduce reliance on high-income countries for vaccines in the case of a future pandemic, said Prof Robin Shattock, a leading expert in vaccines and researcher at Imperial College London.

Patient Referral System: Still elusive after all these years

In 2014, then health minister Mohammad Nasim at an event in Rangpur Medical College Hospital officially announced the inception of a patient referral system for Rangpur division.

Public hospitals: Doctors can run private practice in workplace

The government will arrange chambers for public hospital physicians to serve patients after office hours on their workplace premises from March 1, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said yesterday.

Sold as cyber slaves

For unemployed 25-year-old Foysal Hossain, the job of a receptionist at an overseas institution with a monthly pay package worth around Tk 80,000 was a godsend opportunity.

Cold brings misery for little ones

As winter peaks, childhood pneumonia cases and deaths have increased around the country as reflected in the number of patients in the two major hospitals of Dhaka.

Cold brings misery for the little ones

As winter peaks, childhood pneumonia cases and deaths have increased around the country as reflected in the number of patients in the two major hospitals of Dhaka.

Cutting out-of-pocket medical costs: Govt target ever elusive

A decade ago, the government set a target of bringing out-of-pocket health care expenses down to 32 percent by 2032, but the burden of medical spending on people has only gotten heavier over the years.

New Omicron Subvariant: Experts sound alarm as four cases detected

As health officials yesterday confirmed four cases of the new subvariant of Omicron, the BF.7, experts urged everyone to wear masks and maintain physical distance to stay safe from Covid-19.

Guards up as new Omicron strain looms

The new coronavirus subvariant that is ripping through China has compelled the government to step up guard.

Helplessly, rare disease patients soldier on

In 2014, Iraboti Roy, 40, a patient with the disease Myasthenia Gravis, died a day after a doctor in the country’s top neurological hospital used a sedative on her.

One Stop Emergency and Casualty: A leap forward for patient care

On a Tuesday afternoon, Marzia Akter (25) was taking her  husband, who had contracted dengue, back home from the One Stop Emergency and Casualty (OSEC) unit at Kurmitola General Hospital, following his treatment.

Little progress in containing AMR

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is becoming a major hurdle in controlling infectious diseases, and the steps taken so far to combat this health crisis have proved to be inadequate.

One stop emergency service launched at Kurmitola hospital

Directorate General of the Health Services (DGHS) will introduce “One Stop Emergency and Casualty” (OSEC) at Kurmitola General Hospital in Dhaka today with a view to providing necessary diagnostics and treatment support by keeping a patient at the bed.

Bangladeshi airports still devoid of HIV screening

Though returnee migrant workers account for one-fourth of the HIV patients detected in Bangladesh every year, no screening system has been put in place yet at any of the country’s international airports.

Antibiotic resistance: Edging closer to a health calamity

Most of the clinically important antibiotics are now less effective at killing disease-causing bacteria than the last few years, shows the latest surveillance data of the government.

Detecting pneumonia symptoms in children and what to do

With the onset of winter, reports are coming in from around the country of growing cold-related illnesses in children. Among the more serious winter ailments is pneumonia but most parents are often confused about how to differentiate between pneumonia and the common flu. Here's what you need to know.

Winter brings risk of pneumonia for children

With winter’s arrival, physicians have urged parents to stay extra cautious to keep their children safe from pneumonia.

Children at risk of pneumonia as winter approaches

With the advent of winter, physicians have urged parents to stay extra cautious to keep their children safe from pneumonia.

Bangladeshi researchers on cusp of diabetes prevention

Bangladeshi researchers have come up with a test to identify people likely to develop type-2 diabetes in the future, bringing the possibility of prevention closer to reality.

Could vaccines turn the tide in the fight against dengue?

The government’s fight against the scourge of ever-increasing dengue infections has proven to be futile.

Dengue rages in 60 dists

The dengue situation in the country is alarming as the mosquito-borne virus has already spread to 60 districts.

What good is Universal Salt Iodisation strategy?

Around 20 percent of the surveyed children aged under five years, suffer from iodine deficiency, finds the National Micronutrient Survey 2019-20.

Earning crores by breaching govt system

It only costs Tk 2,000 to get the username and password of an administrator of the Surokkha website/app, which is used to register for Covid jabs and verify vaccination status.

Pvt healthcare facilities: Govt to regulate service charges

The government will fix charges and set the services that private healthcare organisations can provide based on their capability, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said yesterday.

Heart treatment still Dhaka-centric

Seventy-year-old Abul Khaer, a resident of Nabinagar in Brahmanbaria, felt chest pain at midnight recently. His family waited till morning before taking him to a private hospital in Homna upazila of Cumilla, a two-hour drive from their home.

Health services: Absent doctors a headache

A doctor of a government hospital in Gopalganj has been absent from work since March 16, 2020.

New horizon in healthcare

The much-needed BSMMU Super Specialized Hospital, first of its kind in the country, will be inaugurated today.

Positivity rate creeps up

The daily positivity rate of Covid-19 continued to rise for the seventh consecutive day yesterday, indicating a fresh increase in transmission following its fourth wave.

Tk 30cr lost in irregular purchase of Covid-19 medical equipment

Public hospitals in the capital purchased medical equipment at astronomical prices during the first four months of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, according to an audit report. 

A cause of concern for the little ones

Adiba, a three-year-old from Dhaka’s Mirpur, was taken to Bangladesh Shishu Hospital and Institute yesterday, with lesions all over her limbs and inside her mouth. She has been suffering from this for the last few days and has had a fever since Sunday.

Healthcare facilities: DGHS to make mandatory display of licence number

The Directorate General of Health Services is going to make it mandatory for healthcare facilities to display their licence numbers on their signboards.

Social stigma, a major barrier

Tamima, a ninth grader in a Dhaka school, was elated as the doctor at Shyamoli’s 250-bed TB Hospital discharged her following her recovery from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in early April this year.

Need multi-sectoral engagement

Lack of multi-sectoral engagement and human resources has been responsible for the failure of the National TB Control Programme, leaving many tuberculosis patients undetected, said health officials at an event yesterday.

Medical kit purchase: Tk 117cr lost to anomalies

When a piece of Personal Protective Equipment (medical coveralls) was Tk 1,200, the authorities bought 50,000 of them for Tk 3,900 each from a motor parts supplier.

5.80 lakh kids registered for Covid jabs

Around 5.8 lakh schoolchildren aged 5-11 years were registered for taking the Pfizer’s specially prepared Covid-19 vaccines as of yesterday afternoon.

Aged 5-11: Dhaka kids to get Covid jabs first

Around 7.5 lakh schoolchildren, aged 5-11, in Dhaka city will get Covid-19 vaccine shots first, said Prof Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, director general of the health directorate.

Small steps of empathy, long strides for change

For years, members of 30 Garo families living on the bank of Ganeswari river, near India’s Meghalaya border in Netrakona, had to make a laborious journey to cross the river and go to the mainland.

Healthcare centres under local bodies: Even basic services not being delivered

Urban healthcare centres, run by the local government bodies, are failing to provide even the basic reproductive health and nutrition services due to a lack of human resources, found a study released yesterday

Red tape stalls vaccine plant work

The vaccine manufacturing and research plant project in Gopalganj saw no progress over one year due to red tape.

Checking Covid: Ministries not doing their bit

More than a week has passed since the Cabinet Division issued directives to check the spread of Covid, but those still remain unimplemented due to slack response from the ministries concerned.

May 31, 2022
May 31, 2022

Illegal healthcare facilities: DGHS inundated with licence applications

The health directorate is seeing a barrage of applications from healthcare facilities for authorisation following the countrywide drive against unauthorised healthcare organisations.

May 30, 2022
May 30, 2022

Doctors, nurses leave c-section patient, newborn in OT as DGHS raids

Doctors, nurses and other employees of a hospital in Narayanganj yesterday abandoned a mother and her newborn on an operating table after hearing that health directorate officials were raiding unlicensed hospitals in the area.

May 29, 2022
May 29, 2022

Illegal health facilities: One of them even served embassies

Located in the capital’s upscale neighbourhood of Baridhara, Wahab Medical Practice has been making medical assessments of people travelling to western countries, says its website.

May 27, 2022
May 27, 2022

All unregistered hospitals to be shut in 72 hrs

The health directorate has ordered closure of all unregistered private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres by tomorrow afternoon.

May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022

Monkeypox worry: Self-isolate if you have fever, rash

Instructing all international airports and land ports to strengthen monkeypox screening, health officials yesterday asked those suffering from fever and rash to self-isolate and contact nearby public hospitals for tests. 

May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022

An emerging concern

Thirty-five-year-old Saiful Islam [not his real name] was suffering from diarrhoea for a long time. To get treated, he came from Madaripur to the gastroenterology department at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in February this year.

May 19, 2022
May 19, 2022

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria: Govt study rings alarm bells

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming alarmingly strong, reducing the drugs’ ability to heal people with infections, finds a study led by the health directorate.

May 15, 2022
May 15, 2022

Covid-19 booster: Special campaign to start this month

The health directorate is going to conduct a special campaign this month to inoculate around five crore people, aged 18 and above, who have received their second dose of Covid-19 vaccines at least four months ago.

May 14, 2022
May 14, 2022

Edible oil crisis: Alternatives aplenty

Locally produced oilseeds like mustard, corn, sunflower, coconut, and sesame (teel) can be some great alternatives to soybean and palm oil, said Prof Nazma Shaheen of the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science at Dhaka University.

April 28, 2022
April 28, 2022

Bangladesh's initiative to build vaccine plant losing steam?

The country’s initiative to build a vaccine plant and research centre of its own is losing steam apparently with the intensity of the pandemic waning.