Medical textile defines as the non-woven textile based manufactured products used in hygiene, healthcare, and private healthcare. It is one of the most rapidly expanding sectors in the technical textile market. Dr. Khondaker A Mamun, Founder and Director of Advanced Intelligent Multidisciplinary Systems Lab (AIMS Lab) gave a close relationship between engineering and medical sector on a seminar titled ‘The Future of Healthcare’ in 11th Meditex Bangladesh 2018 held on 3 May to 5 May at International Convention City Bashundhara in Dhaka.
Zahid Maleque, State Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare inaugurated the expo where Salina Begum, M.P and Member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Health and Family Planning; Priti Chakraborty, Director of FBCCI and Chairman of Universal Medical college & Hospital Ltd.; Meherun N Islam, Group President & Managing Director of CEMS Global USA & Asia Pacific and Tanveer Qamrul Islam, Executive Director of CEMS Bangladesh were also present.
Dr. Khondaker A Mamun was the keynote speaker of the seminar where he gave the financial report of healthcare of Bangladesh and highlight of his speech was the mathematical formula of healthy life.
After the seminar, the reporter of Textile Today asked Dr. Khondaker about the role of textile in the medical sector. He answered, “Medical textiles are the major support for digital healthcare.”
Md. Mustafizur Rahman, Directorate General of Drug Administration, said, “Bangladesh government is trying to produce every technology for better future of Medical sector”.
Honorary Professor IMC Bangladesh BIRDEM Prof. Dr. Shubhagata Choudhury said, “Better Healthcare depends on every sector”.
Chief Executive Officer of Pragati Life Insurance Limited Md. Jalalul Azim said that they are also trying to make a better health insurance for people.
Dr. Khondaker A Mamun said in his keynote speech that once textile sector was only meant for producing only textile products. Now and for better future textiles are being manufactured for medical and healthcare. Today medical textile is in the fourth position in the total produced textile. Europe has grabbed the opportunity of producing medical textile.
Bangladesh will soon catch up and will have the opportunity to be the biggest medical textile suppliers. Many companies like Asahi, Elite, Trademacs international, Brinntex Inc, N.R.G. inc, Rotex International, Kais Hi-tech corporation etc are producing medical textiles.
Dr. Khandaker A Mamun also described the below challenges for the sector.
- Unskilled workers
- Less Accessibility
- Less Financial support
- Less facility
Expressing hope he said that Bangladesh will soon overcome this problem by new innovation and research.