Corona Virus Antibody Testing Machine & Corner inaugurated in BSMMU

Jasmine Akter

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Sharfuddin Ahmed inaugurated Corona Virus Antibody Testing Machine & Corner in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on Sunday declaring that from now on nobody needs to go abroad for better treatment of Covid-19. Medical activities will be further improved. At the same time, the Vice Chancellor also inaugurated the flow cytometry machine which is a measure of the success rate of cancer treatment. He also inaugurated the Assistant Professors Room. Later, on this occasion, a discussion meeting was organized in the class room of Hematology Department on Sunday.
VC Prof Dr Sharfuddin Ahmed said further more that Bangabandhu’s dream was to ensure that the patients of the country do not have to go abroad, that the patients get medical services in the country. In line with the expectations of Bangabandhu and his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the medical services of this university will be further improved and overall subjects will be developed.
Regarding the antibody test, the Vice-Chancellor said that research activities will be carried out by the University to determine the effectiveness of various vaccines against corona virus. Research has started on whether to take the next booster dose even after taking the second dose. The Vice-Chancellor further said that the flow cytometry machine, which measures the success rate of cancer treatment, was inaugurated now. Preliminary work to introduce stem cell transplantation in the Department of Hematology for the state-of-the-art treatment of various diseases including blood cancer has already been completed and full-fledged stem cell transplantation will be introduced soon.
Chairman of the Department of Hematology Professor Salahuddin Shah expressed hope that the current administration of the university would continue its cooperation in initiating hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in the department, increasing the number of beds for the treatment of cancer patients and creating world class wards, achieving international accreditation of hematology labs and accelerating education and research activities. He said the new additions of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University would play an important role in turning the Department of Hematology into a world-class Hematology Medical Center and turning the University into a Center of Excellence.
According to the program, the vaccine applied in the ongoing vaccination program in the country to combat the epidemic of Covid indicates the effectiveness of the vaccine in diagnosing the antibodies caused in the human body. Abbott Architect I1000SR, an FDA approved emergency use machine for measuring antibodies against Covid-19, established by the Department of Hematology. This makes it possible to conduct vaccine research by measuring Covid antibodies. In addition, hepatitis-related antibodies and various biochemical tests will be possible.
The program also spoke about the flow cytometry machine, a very important addition to the diagnosis of other diseases of the blood, including leukemia. The level of success of treatment at different stages in the treatment of leukemia can be determined by flow cytometry examination and the next stage of treatment can be determined. In the case of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, flow cytometry is used to count stem cells before stem cell application. This is an important step in the process of initiating hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
It was further informed that well-equipped rooms have been provided for the faculty working in the Department of Hematology to facilitate education, research and medical activities. This will enable teachers to play a more effective role in other activities, including model word creation, international accreditation of hematology labs, making the residency program more dynamic and basic research.
Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Prof Dr Zahid Hossain, Vice-Chancellor (Education) Prof AKM Mosharraf Hossain, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Prof Saef Uddin Ahmed, Treasurer Professor. Mohammad Atiqur Rahman, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. Masuda Begum, Proctor Professor Habibur Rahman Dulal, Director (Hospital) Brigadier General Dr Nazrul Islam Khan was present.