Infectious Diseases & Community Pediatrics (Medical Unit- IX)
This department was formed under the aspiration and guidance of Prof. Dr. Tofayel Ahmed bearing the name Community Pediatrics with a vision to provide services to children, poor and wealthy; rural and urban of our community. Later the name of the department was changed into Infectious Disease and Community Pediatrics by Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain, FRCP, MRCPCH, DCH, DTM&H who is now the Director of the hospital and Academic Director of Bangladesh Institute of Child health. Presently it is headed by Associate Prof. Dr. Darul Islam, MD, DCH and is assisted by Assistant Professor of the unit Dr. Reaz Mobarak, MSc.(Com. Ped.), MS(Epi.), DTM&H, DCH, Registrar Dr. Atiqul Islam, MCPS, DCH and Senior Medical Officer Dr. Maksudur Rahman, FCPS, DCH. Besides them the unit has other well-qualified medical officers. The location of the unit is in the ground floor (Ward-1) of the old building which is the nonpaying ward. Fourteen free beds are allocated for this unit in Ward-1 where patients are managed carefully and meticulously. Apart from the non-paying ward, patients are also seen in different paying wards as well as the cabins. Five beds are allocated exclusively for acute emergency situation e.g. epidemics in the 2nd floor of this hospital as we have encountered dengue, swine flu etc. epidemics. The department also has other services e.g. Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI), Family Planning Advice, community based programs like Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) etc. On an average >100 patients are admitted in this unit per month receiving treatment for common infections like watery diarrhea, pneumonia, enteric fever, dengue, kala-azar, meningitis, viral encephalitis etc. and the cure rate is more than 80%. There is also a follow up clinic every Monday attached to this department.Various researches on infectious diseases and community pediatrics are conducted in this unit. There have been many prestigious publications from this department at home and abroad. In near future this unit will establish community satellite clinics in peri-urban and rural area.