A workshop on Kidney awareness was held at Kalai Upazila Auditorium on 19 May 2016 arranged by ASA for raising awareness of local people on the importance of kidneys to overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney diseases and its associated health problems. Senior Deputy President of ASA, M Abdul Aziz attended the workshop as Chief Guest, while Deputy Commissioner of Joypurhat Mr. Md. Abdur Rahim and Civil Surgeon of the district Dr. Jasim Uddin Haolader were present as special guests. Chaired by Mr. Badal Chandra Haldar, Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Kalai, a keynote paper on the topic was presented in the workshop by Dr. Md. Salahuddin, Deputy Chief Health Officer of ASA.
In his speech, the Chief Guest said, ASA implements quite a number of social development initiatives for the overall welfare of the people, and health program is one of them. The health program of ASA is based on service oriented rather than centre-oriented approach, he added. Senior Deputy President, ASA also quoted that mass awareness is extremely essential in restraining people from unlawful and unethical act like kidney peddling. He urged upon the participants as well as ASA staff to work more actively for making people conscious about the risks of organ selling. The Chief Guest suggested the following points to avoid the possible menace of kidney dealing in the workshop.
i) Encouraging posthumous kidney and other human organs donation.
ii) Encouraging kidney donation among the blood connected relatives.
iii) Conducting awareness campaign on organ donation among the students of schools and colleges.
iv) Informing police and administration immediately after knowing plan or incident of kidney selling.
The Deputy Commissioner of Joypurhat and special guest of the program Mr. Md. Abdur Rahim said, some people of this area earlier sold their kidneys as they were misguided by the allurement of kidney touts. But the occurrence has been stopped now on enhance surveillance and stringent action against the unscrupulous kidney traders by the district administration. He expressed optimism that in future this sort of unethical act would not happen any more in the area.
Md. Fayzer Rahman, Executive Vice President of ASA informed the workshop that a research team from ASA was sent here at Kalai for fact finding on kidney selling following media reports. It was learnt from team’s report that there was no relation between kidney selling and microfinance. In spite of that, ASA arranged this workshop out of its commitment and obligation to the people. Moreover, ASA established three Primary Healthcare Centers in remote areas of Kalai. These centers have been providing healthcare service as well as raising awareness about kidney.
Officer in charge (OC) of Kalai Police Station informed the audience that Police administration of Kalai and Joypurhat earlier took tough action against a number of kidney touts. On recruit of information about 25 culprits were arrested and sent to jail. Kidney peddling does not take placing in Kalai now because of zero tolerance of local administration. Kalai OC also expressed his thanks and gratitude to ASA authority for arranging such a useful workshop in the Upazila.
The workshop through deliberation and open discussion successfully provided ideas and ways on how to keep kidney free from diseases and to make it active for a long-time. M A Halim Khan, Executive Vice President of ASA expressed thanks to District and Upazila administration for giving support to make the event meaningful. Government officials, people’s representatives, local elite, journalists, NGO and ASA officials took part in the workshop. Two hundred people with dominating number of women of the area participated in the program with full of enthusiasm.