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USAID-supported Covid-19 clinical management course launched for doctors in Bangladesh

  • Published at 08:07 pm June 15th, 2021
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This free-of-cost self-learning, pre-recorded course with videos and interactive modules is meant for doctors in Bangladesh who are involved in Covid-19 clinical case management 

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque MP virtually launched a web-based Advanced Covid-19 Clinical Management Course on Tuesday.

Over 150 attendees joined the virtual launching event from all over the country.

The course, developed by Brown University, US, based on their internationally renowned course curriculum, is aligned with Bangladesh’s national case management and critical care guidelines.

It was reviewed and endorsed by a working group of national experts under the leadership of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), read a press release published on Tuesday.

This free-of-cost self-learning, pre-recorded course with videos and interactive modules is meant for doctors in Bangladesh who are involved in Covid-19 clinical case management. It is developed with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the US government’s leading development agency.

Zahid Maleque said: “In recent days, we are witnessing an escalation of Covid-19 cases. To address this, and as a part of our preparedness, this collaborative training course will help all government and private physicians working at the sub-district, district, and tertiary level hospitals to have the best evidence-based clinical knowledge on Covid-19 in Bangladesh.”

During the Covid-19 pandemic situation, online-based learning services have proved to be an effective alternative solution to in-person training. Flexibility of such online-based courses is suitable for the doctors who are overwhelmed with their duty hours but also need to be updated to tackle this pandemic as it diverges, read the release. 

From Communicable Disease Control (CDC) of DGHS, more than 20,000 doctors and nurses have already been trained on Covid-19 case management.Screenshot of the virtual launching ceremony of the web-based Advanced Covid-19 Clinical Management Course on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Courtesy As part of its continuous support to the Government of Bangladesh in its Covid-19 response, USAID, through its “MaMoni Maternal and Newborn Care Strengthening Project (MNCSP): Emergency Response to Covid-19 Pandemic” implemented by Save the Children and its partners, has been supporting multiple capacity building initiatives to enhance the knowledge and clinical skills of Bangladeshi doctors and other frontline workers. 

This online course is yet another effort to facilitate continuous capacity-building support to doctors on the management of Covid-19 patients, read the statement.

Among the dignitaries, Additional Director General (Planning and Development) of DGHS Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora; Chairman of Covid-19 National Advisory Committee and President of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) Prof Mohammad Shahidullah; Additional Director General (Administration) of DGHS Professor Nasima Sultana; Director of Office of Population, Health, Nutrition, and Education (OPHNE) of USAID Bangladesh Xerses Sidhwa; and Country Director of Save the Children in Bangladesh Onno Van Manen were present. 

The event was chaired by Prof Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, director of DGHS.