Inaugural Address – Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin

Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin The 40th CMAAO President(2023-2024)Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin
The 40th CMAAO President

Honorable Chairperson, Outgoing President of CMAAO Dr. Qazi Muhammad WASIQ, Honorable Guest Dr. Osahon ENABULELE, President of WMA, Newly Elected Chair, Vice Chair of Council and Treasurer, Newly Appointed Secretary General and Official Advisors,Councilors, Participants from different NMA’s and Other Officials of CMAAO.
Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen – A very Warm Welcome Good Afternoon.

Dear Colleagues,

This is a very proud moment for me, stepping into the role of leading as newly elected president of The Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO), which is a very prestigious organization in the health sector in Asia Oceania region. I am thrilled and humbled by this opportunity. I sincerely thank all the member associations of the organization for their trust and support to be a President of CMAAO, which is a great responsibility. To be its chair is an honor and I will do my best to give up to your expectations.

As the newcomer to the organization, however, also ask you for this chance to further exciting developments together. I express my special thanks to Bangladesh Medical Association for nominating me as the President to CMAAO.

Dear Colleagues

The Asia and Oceania region is a diverse region. It is densely populated as it has more population living here. Mixed economy, diverse population and diverse languages are the traditions of the region but the behavior of the people is almost the same. Covid-19 tied us together in the same way we gone through it. The lifestyles of the rural population in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan are not very different so the health risks are almost the same.

I feel that it is necessary to increase the activities of the organization to establish closer communication among the member medical associations. Meeting at least twice a year like WMA without limiting it to just one General Assembly and Council meeting in a year and organizing discussions on contemporary issues or scientific seminars with online connectivity would make the organization more dynamic.

Also, member countries can cooperate by exchanging information and technology to solve common health problems. The organization can play an effective role in the overall development of medical education in this region. It can be developed as an effective organization on the model of World Health Organization. Any health risk created in one country creates similar health risks in other countries. In today’s global village, it is no longer possible to move forward or survive alone, and Covid-19 is a unique example.

Dear Colleagues

At present, due to the development of information technology, great progress has been made in medical science, as a result of which the average life expectancy and performance of people has increased. Climate change is constantly happening in the world, resulting in the emergence of new diseases that are constantly challenging medical science.

The pressure of patients in hospitals and medical centers is constantly increasing and the doctors and health workers are also exposed to various risks while providing medical care to more patients using inadequate medical equipment and health facilities. High patient pressure is making the workplace unsafe for doctors and health workers.

A coordinated and effective initiative can be taken under the auspices of CMAAO to keep doctors’ workplaces safe in each country. If we can make primary health care more sustainable and make people aware of new diseases earlier, the pressure on health care management will be reduce and will play a significant role in building a healthy nation.

Dear Friends,

The massive success achieved in the health sector by the current government in Bangladesh has become an exemplary evolution in the international arena.

The foundation of the tremendous development that today Bangladesh has achieved in the health sector was laid by the restructuring of the health system by the government led by the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, soon after Bangladesh gained independence in 1971.

He developed the health infrastructure at the then sub-district and district levels to ensure modern medical services to the people of the country and raised the rank of doctors from second class to first class. Our Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina established a community clinic for every 6000 people in the year 2000, following the path demonstrated by the Father of the Nation to ensure primary health care at the grass root level of the country.

From this community clinic, 30 types of medicines and health care items are being provided free of charge to provide health, family planning and nutritional services to marginalized people across the country, including EPI vaccination and Covid-19 vaccine.

Presently online reporting is being done digitally from all community clinics. To facilitate the service, the health data of every member stationed in the Community Clinic work area has been digitally connected through the Multipurpose Health Volunteer.

Health ID cards have been given to hundred and ten thousand rural people so far. This program is ongoing in 107 upazilas. Health ID cards are being issued periodically across the country. One of the main features of the community clinic is that it is a successful joint venture between the government and the people.

Dear Colleagues

Through this three-day meeting, we hope to gain a better understanding of the primary and overall health systems in the region and find ways forward. If we can advance primary health care, every country will be able to achieve sustainable improvements in their overall health care. Let us all work together on the platform of CMAAO to improve health services in the region.

Thank you all and have a wonderful time ahead!