Activities of Kidney Foundation Lottery- 2008 would be launched to raise fund for establishing a state of the art kidney hospital at Mirpur in the capital, reports agency.
Office bearers of Kidney Foundation Thursday said this while addressing a press conference at Dhaka Club.
President of Kidney Foundation Dr Harun-Ur-Rashid, Foundation Adviser and National Professor MR Khan, eminent journalist Ataus Samad, media personality Ali Jaker and secretary of the foundation Prof M Muhibur Rahman, among others, addressed the press conference.
Numbers of kidney patients across the world are increasing gradually, Dr Harun-Ur-Rashid said adding nearly 1.80 crore people are affected by chronic kidney disease in the country.
He said about 95 percent people of the country could not afford kidney treatment due to high cost.
Around 40,000 people die each year due to kidney failure in the country, he added.
Considering sufferings of the affected people, the Kidney Foundation has been providing treatment to the poor patients since 2003.
Prof MR Khan said 80 percent kidney patients die in the country as they can not afford the cost of treatment.
He said the foundation has taken initiative to set up the kidney hospital at Mirpur to provide treatment to patients at a low cost.
In reply to a question, Prof Harun said the foundation would work to provide free of cost treatment so that the poor people could avail the treatment facility.
The foundation office bearers have stressed the need for collecting more donations from people at all levels.
They urged both the print and electronic media to work for creating mass awareness among the people so that they feel encouraged to donate.
The draw of the lottery would be held June 23. Price of a ticket of has been fixed at Taka 10.
It was told at the conference that a 200-bed hospital will be set up at a cost of Taka 17 crore. All modern treatment facilities for kidney patients will be available at the hospital.
President of Dhaka Club Mohammad Sadat Hossain Selim, chief executive officer and managing director of Sonali Bank SA Chowdhury and Kidney Foundation Adviser Golam Mostafa, were among others, present at the press conference.
Source: The Daily Commercial Times