Department of Public Health

Department of Public Health Organized a Field Visit to Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR)

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MPH Students of the Department of Public Health of DIU with Faculty Member and Resource Person during a ‘Field Visit’ to Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), Mohakhali, Dhaka

A ‘Field Visit’ was carried out by the Department of Public Health of DIU on November 25, 2018 for the 19th Batch MPH students at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), Mohakhali, Dhaka. Forty five (45) students under MPH program participated in the ‘Field Visit’. The ‘Field Visit’ consisted of two parts, namely orientation on IEDCR activities and visit to laboratories and units. It is important to mention that the ‘Field Visit’ is an obligatory part of academic activities. The objective of the ‘Field Visit’ was to provide the MPH students with information on functional modalities of the IEDCR and inform them about multifarious activities of the institution. 

Dr. Quazi Ahmed Zaki, Senior Scientific Officer of IEDCR welcomed the visiting team and delivered a lecture on historical background and present situation of the institute. Since 1961, the institute was functioning as WHO Malaria Eradication Training Centre (METC). After the independence of Bangladesh, in 1971 the Planning Commission of Bangladesh approved the first phase of the Project on a priority basis and subsequently in 1976 the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) was established.

Dr. Quazi Ahmed Zaki informed that IEDCR is the focal point of National Influenza Center (NIC), Global Health Security (GHS), One Heath Secretariat, International Health Regulation (IHR), Food Borne Emergency Response and Global Disease Detection Centre for United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The objective of the institute is to conduct Epidemiologic Surveillance, Research, Training and Outbreak Investigation Response.  Dr. Zaki further informed that IEDCR contributed in outbreak investigation response of Dengue Fever, Chikungunya Fever, Nipa Virus infection and other common communicable diseases in Bangladesh. IEDCR is maintaining cell phone based surveillance record too. After the orientation lecture the student were divided into two groups and visited Departments/Units and laboratories of IEDCR. Dr. Salamat Khandker, Associate Professor of the Department of Public Health coordinated the ‘Field Visit’.

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