ACTIVITIES OF PROFESSOR DR. OBAYEDULLAH-FERDOUSI FOUNDATION CANCER HOSPITAL
& RESEARCH INSTITUTE IN 2018
Professor Dr. Obayedullah-Ferdousi Foundation (POFF), Gopalgonj though established in 1993 was registered in 2012 (Regd. No. Gop-766/12) with an aim to raise awareness against cancer, deliver services in the field of medical science, education, agriculture, social-welfare, rehabilitation etc to the mass people of Bangladesh. It also works in the field of prevention, detection, treatment, palliative care, research and training dedicated to combat cancer through it’s project proposed 100-bedded Professor Dr. Obayedullah-Ferdousi Foundation Cancer Hospital & Research Institute (POFFCH&RI). It is a non-political, non-commercial, non-profit, voluntary, social welfare, philanthropic government approved and government financed organization and the Honorable Prime Minister of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh is the proposed Chief Patron of the POFF.
Activities for Cancer Control:
Professor Dr. Obayedullah-Ferdousi Foundation Cancer Hospital & Research Institute is the proud member of Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) from March,2016. Since it’s inception in 2012 POFFC&RI has been arranging rally, discussion meeting , human chain , drawing & essay competition on observance of World Cancer Day , World No Tobacco Day , Breast Cancer Awareness Month October each year in accordance with the guideline given by UICC . On the basis of plan & program for cancer prevention & control POFFCH&RI organizes regularly seminar, symposium , workshop , anti-tobacco campaign program to increase the cancer awareness of the people of Bangladesh . Also circulate handbills , lift lets , brochure , poster , festoons , banners among the people , participate in the talk show and round table discussion in the electronic media and publish articles in the print media. On behalf of Foundation , Oncologists attend workshops , seminars , meeting ,ASCO Annual meeting, UICC World Cancer Congress, national and international conferences at National & International level.
POFFCH&RI Research Activities:
The Foundation is also working for research programs nationally and internationally and publishes it’s journal “Bangladesh Cancer Journal” (BCJ). It’s Volume No. 1 and Issue No.1 was published in January 2017 , Vol. No.1 Issue No.2 was published in July 2017, Vol.2, Issue 1 in January 2018 and Vol.1,Issue 2 is pending. As POFFCH&RI is the proud member of Global Cancer Institute(GCI), Boston, USA and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), so doctors specially Oncologists from about 24 low and middle income countries across Asia, Latin America , Eastern Europe and Africa including POFFCH&RI and more than 20 renowned Oncologists and 10 expert panelists from whole over the world took part in these Live Global Tumor Boards . So oncologists and doctors of POFFCH&RI attended 12 times at Global Online Breast Cancer Tumor Board and 12 times at Global Online Gynecologic Cancer Tumor Board from January 2018 to December 2018, where 72 very rare, interesting, and academic cases were presented from about 24 low and middle income countries across Asia, Latin America , Eastern Europe and Africa of the world and more than 20 renowned Oncologists and 10 expert panelists from whole over the world including Bangladesh and USA took part in these live Global Tumor Boards .
Mutual patient of POFFCH&RI and GCI Anjona went to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA for 5th follow-up treatment and research on 14th April 2018 under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Mollah Obayedullah Baki, Chief Consultant Oncologist of POFFCH&RI, where all investigations like routine blood examinations, liver function tests, kidney function tests, PET Scan, echocardiography etc were performed . All investigational reports were within normal limit. And returned home on 22nd April 2018 with full recovery and advised to continue treatment with the same drug Cap. 195 50mg 4 Cap. B.D. Again Anjona went to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA for 6th follow-up treatment and research on 13th July 2018 under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Mollah Obayedullah Baki, Chief Consultant Oncologist of POFFCH&RI, where all investigations like routine blood examinations, liver function tests, kidney function tests, PET Scan, echocardiography etc were performed . All investigational reports were also within normal limit. And returned home on 23rd July 2018 with full recovery and advised to continue treatment with the same drug Cap. 195 50mg 4 Cap. B.D.
Again Anjona went to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA for 7th follow-up treatment and research on 14th November 2018 under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Mollah Obayedullah Baki, Chief Consultant Oncologist of POFFCH&RI, where all investigations like routine blood examinations, liver function tests, kidney function tests, PET Scan, echocardiography etc were performed . All investigational reports were also within normal limit. And returned home on 21st November 2018 with full recovery and advised to continue treatment with the same drug Cap. 195 50mg 4 Cap. B.D.
POFFCH&RI has one main campus and two outlets. Main Campus is situated at Paikkandi, Gopalgonj and among two outlets, one is situated in Dhaka and another in Khulna. Main campus owns 5-storied two buildings at Paikkandi , Gopalgonj , Bangladesh . Here POFFCH&RI is running it’s office , outdoor and Indoor patient services , palliative care services , anti-cancer campaign programmes , social services , and a 20 bedded POFFCH&RI . With one Professor cum Managing Director & 4 Oncologists , 10 Medical officers, 10 nurses & a good number of Guest Cancer Specialists are giving services for the wellbeing of cancer patients on Indoor & outdoor basis . A good number of patients are receiving full time service from the foundation Hospital. The Pathology Department of the Hospital are giving services round the clock for the basic pathological requirements of the patient, including Hematology, Serology, Biochemistry, Tumor Markers, Histopathology, Cytopathology etc. Ambulance is giving day night services for the benefit of the cancer patients. From July 2018 to June 2019 total number of patients attended at POFFCH&RI were 3520, out of them 1520 were indoor and 2000 were outdoor patients, 355 were free of cost and 3165 were less cost. Pathology services were rendered among 3210 patients. Out of them 385 were free and 2825 less cost. All treatments and investigations were also rendered in reduced prices or free of cost. Except this, Free Medical Camps were organized among poor patients time to time when free consultation and medicines were supplied to them. Fare
of ambulance services were minimal. As a whole, our hospital services are world class under the guidance and supervision of Prof. Dr. Mollah Obayedullah Baki, national and international reputed cancer specialist.
Currently we are working with a project to build a 100 bedded modern comprehensive POFFCH&RI Hospital. One acre land was purchased at Mouza-Shunasur, P.O. Paikkandi, Upazilla-Gopalgonj, Zilla- Gopalgonj and drawing, design, soil test etc has been completed. The Aim of POFFCH&RI is to provide on roof service for the care of cancer patients. We are also taking steps for fund raising from different government, non government agencies , NGOs, organizations , institutional bodies , philanthropists and anybody who shares the idea to be with us .
Internal Resource Division of Ministry of Finance sanctioned a letter on 16th April 2018 in favor of POFFCH&RI to run Professor Dr. Obayedullah-Ferdousi Foundation Cancer Hospital & Research Institute Lottery – 2019 from 17th February 2019 for raising funds to build up a modern cancer hospital. It is really a great news for POFF family and we are grateful to our beloved Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government for their generosity and greatness. Also Grants from regular budget of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare are under process for POFFCH&RI.
Programs of POFF and POFFCH&RI in 2018 :
World Cancer Day :
World Cancer Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. It takes place every year on 4th February.
As POFFCH&RI is the proud member of UICC, so like every year POFF celebrated 4th February , 2018 World Cancer Day in befitting manner . Throughout the year Foundation organized various activities to prevent and create awareness against cancer .This year World cancer Day was observed properly in accordance to the guidance of UICC . The UICC Theme "We can . I can .” was uphold with launching a poster against prevention of cancer . Also , banners and leaflets were distributed among mass people , rally and formation of human chain at different prominent places in Dhaka city & Gopalgonj were performed .
Observance of International Mother Language Day:
Like every year, POFF observes 21st February 2018, the "Shahid Dibosh Day” as International Mother Language Day. At 7.00 AM we paid homage with flower wreaths to the Central Shahid Minar, Dhaka and Shahid Minar at Gopalgonj.
World No Tobacco Day:
Like every year POFF observed 31st May , 2018 as World No Tobacco Day`. World No Tobacco Day-2018 was observed in Dhaka and Gopalgonj in a befitting manner. In Dhaka art competition arranged among the school going children . Also street rally & leaflet distribution with anti-tobacco slogans were performed . Activists of POFFCH&RI participated in a rally from National Press Club to Osmani Auditorium on 31st May 2018 at 11.40 AM along with activists of other organizations ignoring the heavy rain fall under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Mollah Obayedullah Baki, MD and CEO POFFCH&RI and President Bangladesh Cancer Society. Due to heavy rain fall, NTCC coordinator Mr. Khairul Alam and Health Minister were absent. Monir and Aslam brought Ganji and Cap from Aminul Islam Sujon of NTCC office for activists of POFFCH&RI and BCS. Then we attended the discussion meeting at Osmani Auditorium organized by Minister of Health & Family Welfare which were broadcasted in electronic and print media. This year founder president of Bangladesh Cancer Society Late Prof. Syiid Fazlul Hoque was awarded for recognition of anti-tobacco activities of Bangladesh Cancer Society since it’s inception in 1972. As a President of Bangladesh cancer Society, I received the award from Health Minister Md. Nasim and Health Health Secretary Md. Sirajul Hoque Khan. Officially POFFCH&RI was invited first time to attend the World No Tobacco Day events. We installed two stalls , one for POFFCH&RI and one for BCS in the Osmani Auditorium to circulate our liftlets, brochures, handbills etc. Health Secretary and other high officials visited our stalls and express their satisfaction on activities of POFFCH&RI and BCS. A discussion meeting was also organized by POFFCH&RI of Conference Room of POFFCH&RI, Paikkandi, Gopalgonj on 31st May, 2018 at 5.00 PM where students of local schools and imam, muazzins of different madrasas and mosques were present. Except this, POFFCH&RI ran a Tobacco Cessation Consultation to increase the awareness of the general people about the bad effects of tobacco products like cancer, heart diseases, lung diseases, burger’s diseases etc.
Fund Raising Charity Dinner in New York:
POFFCH&RI organized a Fund Raising Charity Dinner at Palky Centre, Jackson Heights, New York< USA on 21st August 2018 in befitting manner. Dr. S. Roberts, Director Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York was present as Chief Guest. Mrs. Heather Roberts, a social worker and famous dancer of New York, Kazi Hyatt, renowned film producer of Bangladesh and mutual breast cancer patient of POFFCH&RI and MSKCC were present as Special Guests. Mr. Shoraf Sarker, eminent social worker and Convenor, Fund Raising Committee in USA presided over the event. Dr. Md. Abdul Baten played a vital role as chief Co-ordinator. Mr. Abu Obayed M. Shafiullah Meem, Director, International Affairs of POFF, who lives in Konnecticut, Mr. Harun Rashid and his wife Farzana Harun also from Konnecticut, Mr. Hiru Bhuiyan, Topur Mollah, Easin Ali and many others also played a vital role to make the event successful. Mrs. Farzana Harun and Meem Shafiullah acted as moderator. About 200 CIP,VIP, elite personal, social workers and relatives were present in the event.
Participation in 3rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference of Federation of Society of Radiation Oncologists:
Me as Chief Oncologist of POFFCH&RI and Mrs. Ferdousi Begum Shikha as Chairman of POFF attended the 3rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference of Federation of Society of Radiation Oncologists in Bali, Indonesia along with other 15 delegates from Bangladesh from 5th September to 9th September 2018. We were acquainted with the new knowledge and technologies of radiation oncology from this event.
Observance of National Mourn Day-2018:
Like every year, POFF observed 15th August 2018 the “National Mourn Day-2018” with due respect and dignity. At 8.00 AM activists of POFFCH&RI paid homage with flower wreaths to the Portait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi and Tungipara. On observance of national mour day, POFFCH&RI, BCS and Bangladesh Muktijoddha and Projormo Chikitsok Porisad jointly organized a discussion meeting at 3.00 PM at Dr. Shahadat Hossain Conference Hall on 27th August 2018. Dr. Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, President Bangaldesh Medical Association was present as chief guest. I myself presided over the meeting. Prof. Dr. Kanak Kanti Barua, Vice Chancellor, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and Dr. Ehteshamul Hoque Chowdhury , Secretary General BMA were present as special guests.
Observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month October-2018:
Breast Cancer Awareness Month October-2018 was observed in befitting manner. Month-long breast screening program was organized by senior doctors and oncologists free of cost and breast cancer related brochure, liftlets and banners were distributed. POFFCH&RI, BCS and Bangladesh Breast Cancer Society Cumilla jointly organized a seminar on “Observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month October-2018” at Government Women’s College Cumilla. Me was present as Chief Guest. Mr. Jamal Naser, Principal, Cumilla Women’s College and Dr. Fazlur Rahman, Deputy Director, Directorate General Office were present as special guests and Dr. Khorshed Alam, President, Bangladesh Breast Cancer Society Cumilla presided over the meeting. About 400 girls students, teachers, pressmen were present.
Observance of Independence Day 2018 :
POFF observed the Independence Day-2018 with due honour . On 16th December 2018 at 10.00 AM, the activists of POFF headed by it’s Chairman Ferdousi Begum and MD and CEO Prof. Dr. Mollah Obayedullah Baki paid homage with flowers to the martyrs of liberation war at mausoleum , Savar. Reporters of BTV, GTV and RTV took interview of Prof. Dr. Mollah Obayedullah Baki and broad cast in their channels. Arranged a discussion meeting on 23rd December 2018 at 11.00 AM at Conference Hall of National Press Club where Mr. Md. Yousuf Harun, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration, Prof. Dr. Kanak Kanti Barua, Vice Chancellor, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University was present as Chief Guest and Mr. Abu Naser Khan, President, Poribesh Andolon and Prof. Md. Sirajul Hoque, President, Bangladesh, Muktijoddha & Projormo Chikitsok Porishod were present as Special Guests. About 200 high officials, elite personals, reporters, members of POFF and audiences were present.
Cancer Answer Programmes:
POFFCH&RI organized monthly Cancer Answer programme in different schools, colleges, clubs, bazars, public places in Bangladesh to raise the awareness of the people specially young generations about the risk factors of having cancer. On 20th April 2018 at 13.00 PM to 14.00 PM, a Live Cancer Answer Programme was organized by POFFCH&RI at Paediatric Oncology Department of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre , New York, USA. Treasurer of POFFCH&RI, Mr. Abu Obayed M. Sharifullah Jim
Planned this live Cancer Answer from Vanice, Italy and Director International Affairs of POFFCH&RI conducted this at MSKCC. Many internal audiences observed this exclusive programme and made questions to Prof. Dr. Mollah Obayedullah Baki. This was really a milestone for POFFCH&RI.
POFF also plays a vital role in social services like donation to various religious programmes, cultural programmes, sports, marriage ceremony, any natural disaster etc.