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19 Jan 2021, 14:23 HRS IST
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  • Bangladesh Armed Forces-Amrita Hospital pact for medical care

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22:27 HRS IST

for BAF members

Kochi, May 27 (PTI)
A leading private hospital in Kerala on Saturday said it is going to provide state-of-the- art specialty medical care to members of Bangladesh Armed Forces (BAF), including retired personnel, and their family members.

The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (Amrita Hospital) said a wide-ranging agreement was signed for collaboration in patient care, medical education, research and training, and exchange of healthcare professionals.

The agreement was signed by Major General SM Motahar Hossain, Director General of Medical Services (DGMS), Bangladesh Armed Forces, and Dr Prem Nair, Medical Director of the Kochi-based hospital.

Explaining how the collaboration will work, Nair said "this is a remarkable instance of international cooperation in South Asia."

He said they would admit patients at Amrita Hospital for treatment upon referral from BAF.

"The collaboration also involves long and short-term training of doctors, nurses and paramedics from BAF at our hospital.In addition, we will collaborate in medical research initiatives and joint projects of mutual interest in both the countries," he said.

Major General Hossain said the collaboration will bring the two nations closer, even as members of Bangladesh Armed Forces benefit from the state-of-the-art medical expertise and infrastructure available at Amrita Hospital.

"We are also going to set up telemedicine and tele-radiology facilities at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka which will connect doctors at Amrita Hospital to our patients in Bangladesh for consultation," he said.

This collaboration would help save many lives as patients will be referred for complex surgeries and medical procedures, he added.

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