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Govt’s admirable decision on coronary stent price

Dear Editor:
Heart patients were suffering a lot because of the criminal collusion of stent traders and doctors.
It is learnt that a group of cardiologists, stent suppliers and drug manufacturers, were making profit out of cardiac patients’ sufferings and vulnerability for decades now in Bangladesh. Plentiful reports were published in the media on ways doctors and hospitals have held patients hostage and over-charged them for stents. 
According to a New Age report, a patient of Dhaka was to  pay Tk 2.3 lakh for two stents at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases. These longstanding irregularities in the pricing of coronary stents are set to be resolved as the drug administration started setting prices of the life-saving medical device for patients with blocked coronary arteries. The Directorate General of Drug Administration introduced new rates and prices of most of the stents would now reduce by 20 to 90 per cent. Although a total of 21 companies import 47 types of stents to the country, the drug administration has primarily set prices of 26 types of stents of 11 importers. If this regulation is successfully implemented, it will be the beginning of an end to cardiac patients’ exploitation in the existing healthcare system. 
K M Abul Hasnat
Sadarghat, Chittagong

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Dear Editor:
Heart patients were suffering a lot because of the criminal collusion of stent traders and doctors.
It is learnt that a group of cardiologists, stent suppliers and drug manufacturers, were making profit out of cardiac patients’ sufferings and vulnerability for decades now in Bangladesh. Plentiful reports were published in the media on ways doctors and hospitals have held patients hostage and over-charged them for stents. 
According to a New Age report, a patient of Dhaka was to  pay Tk 2.3 lakh for two stents at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases. These longstanding irregularities in the pricing of coronary stents are set to be resolved as the drug administration started setting prices of the life-saving medical device for patients with blocked coronary arteries. The Directorate General of Drug Administration introduced new rates and prices of most of the stents would now reduce by 20 to 90 per cent. Although a total of 21 companies import 47 types of stents to the country, the drug administration has primarily set prices of 26 types of stents of 11 importers. If this regulation is successfully implemented, it will be the beginning of an end to cardiac patients’ exploitation in the existing healthcare system. 
K M Abul Hasnat
Sadarghat, Chittagong

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Unforgettable legacy of Xulhaz Mannan

Dear Editor:
The heart-felt sentiments expressed in the glowing tribute to Xulhaz Mannan by American ambassador Marcia Bernicat, no doubt articulates the feelings of all who knew this fine young gentleman… and a gentleman he most definitely was.
While I cannot claim to have known him well, I’ve known him well enough to proclaim him a gentleman, a man of great compassion, a man who had great love for humanity and an ambassador for Bangladesh.
There’s no doubt Xulhaz was gifted and special. Inside the hallowed walls of the American Embassy, he was a Godsend to the charity projects I support and giving them assistance, both tangible and intangible, without even a sigh of hesitation.
Without being asked, he once edited/re-wrote a proposal I had submitted to the embassy to ensure a greater chance of acceptance.  There wasn’t even a hint of expecting something in return for his valuable contribution. I think he was put on this earth to help those in need and this he did willingly without seeking anything in return.
It’s tragic that his life ended so young and in the brutal way it did on April 25, 2016. They say, however, that Allah works in many mysterious ways and while Xulhaz is no longer physically among us, perhaps his legacy of truth, honesty, compassion, love of mankind and efforts to structure a society beneficial to all, will inspire us to fight for what is right whatever the odds or consequences.
Irish statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797) once said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.
Xulhaz Mannan will be missed, but never forgotten.
Sir Frank Peters
Gulshan.
sirfrankpeters@gmail.com

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Dear Editor:
The heart-felt sentiments expressed in the glowing tribute to Xulhaz Mannan by American ambassador Marcia Bernicat, no doubt articulates the feelings of all who knew this fine young gentleman… and a gentleman he most definitely was.
While I cannot claim to have known him well, I’ve known him well enough to proclaim him a gentleman, a man of great compassion, a man who had great love for humanity and an ambassador for Bangladesh.
There’s no doubt Xulhaz was gifted and special. Inside the hallowed walls of the American Embassy, he was a Godsend to the charity projects I support and giving them assistance, both tangible and intangible, without even a sigh of hesitation.
Without being asked, he once edited/re-wrote a proposal I had submitted to the embassy to ensure a greater chance of acceptance.  There wasn’t even a hint of expecting something in return for his valuable contribution. I think he was put on this earth to help those in need and this he did willingly without seeking anything in return.
It’s tragic that his life ended so young and in the brutal way it did on April 25, 2016. They say, however, that Allah works in many mysterious ways and while Xulhaz is no longer physically among us, perhaps his legacy of truth, honesty, compassion, love of mankind and efforts to structure a society beneficial to all, will inspire us to fight for what is right whatever the odds or consequences.
Irish statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797) once said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.
Xulhaz Mannan will be missed, but never forgotten.
Sir Frank Peters
Gulshan.
sirfrankpeters@gmail.com

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