Insulin pump clinic launched for the first time in Bangladesh

Published : 14 Nov 2023 10:15 PM

An Insulin Pump Clinic has been launched for the time in Bangladesh in order to make a significant impact on the lives of people living with Type-1 diabetes population. 

The Evercare Hospital launched the insulin pump clinic on Monday (November 13). The inauguration ceremony was held at the auditorium of Evercare Hospital in Dhaka. 

Dr. Arif Mahmud, director (medical services) of Evercare Hospital Dhaka; delivered the welcome speech at the inauguration ceremony; while Dr. Rumana Dowla, head of MSD of ACI Pharma & HealthCare Equipment; delivered the concluding remarks. 

Dr. Ratnadeep Chaskar, CEO & MD of Evercare Hospital Dhaka; Dr. Ahsanul Haq Amin, senior consultant of Diabetology & Endocrinology; Professor Dr. Sheikh Mohammad Abu Zafar, senior consultant & coordinator of General Surgery; Dr. Abdul Mannan Sarker, coordinator & senior Consultant of Diabetology & Endocrinology of Evercare Hospital; and Md. Rokonuzzaman, regional manager of Medtronic Bangladesh Pvt. Ltd; spoke on the occasion, among others. 

In his speech, Dr. Ratnadeep Chaskar said, “Insulin pump devices and consumables will be made more available from the Evercare Hospital Dhaka. There will be fewer complications, there will be a reduction in the number of hospitalizations and all round better health outcomes for people living with Type-1 diabetes.”

Insulin pump therapy is an alternative to multiple daily injections, and the program offers an improved quality of life for people who have Type-1 diabetes. 

“So starting on November 13, we are expanding the number of patients accessing pumps and consumables to nearly double the amount that are receiving them today.” said Dr. Arif Mahmud.

Dr. Ahsanul Haq Amin discussed about necessity of Insulin Pump Clinic in Bangladesh and purpose of the launching the clinic in the hospital. 

Prof. Dr. Sheikh Mohammad Abu Zafar said that Insulin Pump Clinic will help health care in general. 

“A lot of the time, but I worked in extra mural before this and I've seen a lot of people who really, really struggle with access. Whether they're able to get out and even pick up their medications or insulin and struggling to just find Insulin Pump," said Dr. Abdul Mannan Sarker.

Md. Rokonuzzaman announced that continuous glucose monitoring (CGM – Guardian 4) is available in the country for people with diabetes who meet certain medical eligibility criteria. 

“From ACI point of view, this is a very positive step in the right direction. And a special thanks to Evercare Hospital Management for this great initiative. I think if we look across the country the level of public coverage for diabetes medications, devices and supplies, including insulin pumps, vary significantly improving and we're continuing to advocate making sure that. As we're going to work with all the Hospitals to find ways to implement these strategies,” said Dr. Rumana Dowla.

On the occasion of the World Diabetes Day, the Evercare Hospital is expanding access to the insulin pump program to try and improve the lives of people living with Type-1 diabetes.