National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) yesterday houored its former directors for their contribution in bringing the cost of heart diseases treatment within the reach of ordinary people.
Recalling their contributions for the expansion of treatment facilities for cardiovascular diseases, on Thursday the current director of NICVD Prof STM Abu Azam handed over crests and gifts amid an emotional environment at its auditorium in the capital.
Those who were accorded awards were former directors–Prof Abu Zafar, Prof MA Zaman, Prof M Jalal Uddin, Prof M Nazrul Islam, Prof Emeritus Sufia Rahman, Prof AWF Elahi Chowdhury, Prof AKM Muhibullah, Prof Abul Hossain Khan Chowdhury and Porf Abdullah Al Safi Majumder.
Reminiscing the old days in the institute, former director Prof MA Zaman said: “I have spent a long time of my working life here. At that time there were not many buildings in the institute. As a doctor I did not know anything about bureaucracy then. I tried my best for development of the institute, but still we do not have an institute building. Whenever I pass by the institute I think how my favourite institute is running.”
Prof STM Abu Azam said, “We are very delighted to arrange such an award giving ceremony.”
The NICVD started its journey on 1 July 1987 by the hands of national professor Prof Brig (retd) Abdul Malek. Since then the hospital is providing treatment for cardiovascular diseases with minimum charge or free. The hospital is providing medical services like–angiogram, pacemaker, bypass surgery, valve replacement, and vascular surgery with minimum charges.