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March 14, 2007

Rotary Pacemaker Bank inaugurated at National Heart Foundation in city

Nobel Peace laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus inaugurated country’s first Rotary Pacemaker Bank at the National Heart Foundation, Mirpur in the city Thursday.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest he said, "Heart disease is on the rise in Bangladesh. Modern treatment of heart disease is so expensive that the poor cannot afford the treatment. The Rotary Pacemaker Bank would provide an opportunity for the poor patients to get pacemakers free of cost. This pacemaker bank would extend the horizon of service of the Rotary Clubs."

The inaugural session was also addressed, among others, by Justice Chowdhury ATM Masud, President National Heart Foundation Professor Abdul Malik, Secretary General Aminuzzaman Bhuiyan, Rotary District Governor Syed Alamgir Haider and Muhammad Ali Bukhari the initiator of the project, now living in Toronto, Canada.

This is a joint collaboration of Rotary Clubs of Dhaka, Dhaka Buriganga, Dhaka Cosmopolitan, Dhaka Midcity and Dilkusha with assistance from National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh.

A board of 11 members has been formed to run the Rotary Pacemaker Bank ’in Dhaka comprising Syed Alamgir Haider and Professor Abdul Malik as chairman and medical director respectively.

The free cardiac pacemaker consortium, Heartbeat International (HI) based in Tampa, USA has recently approved this pacemaker bank which will receive 50 or more new cardiac pacemakers and related cardiac devices annually from HI for implantation among poor heart patients by direct involvement of cardiologists of National Heart Foundation.

Heartbeat International is a consortium of physicians, medical manufacturers, hospitals and Rotary Clubs working together to make cardiac pacemakers and health care education available to people in 28 countries through its 48 pacemaker banks, where Bangladesh is the newest addition.

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