North South University hosts International Seminar on Post- COVID Neurological Complications & Management.
on the 30th of January as an effort to help combat challenges surrounding COVID-19 in Bangladesh. In the webinar, the primary topic of discussion was post-COVID neurological complications, their significance and ways to counter them. Dr Hasan Mahmud Reza, Dean at the school of Health & Life Sciences at North South University, and Dr Muhammad Ashrafur Rahman, Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, North South University, conducted a survey study regarding the mental health of COVID-19 patients in Bangladesh. The online survey received submissions from 2037 participants. This survey was conducted on patients from age 20 to 60 years between 25th July 2020 and 10th January 2021. Some of the information on patients’ mental health was also obtained through verbal interviews. This study found that 75.2% of patients suffered from severe anxiety while 16.3% suffered from severe depression. On the other side, 52.7% of the patients showed symptoms of partial memory loss. Other noticeable complications included: loss of smell (84.2%), headache (93.7%), insomnia (96.3%), tiredness (81.6%) and muscle pain (66%).
In this webinar, Dr Manjur Rony from University of Illinoi in the US, Dr Muhammad Uddin Dafil from Seek The Children Institute in Canada and Dr Il Su Moon from Dongguk University in South Korea presented their thoughts and research regarding the state of COVID-19. Dr Il Su Moon discussed the significance of meditation in fighting post-COVID mental health issues along with the science and process behind it. Dr Manjur Rony presented information regarding the mental health of COVID-19 patients in the US. Dr Dafil spoke about genetic issues and neurological complications faced by COVID-19 patients. Dr Forkan Uddin, Head of Clinical Research (Neurogen Children Healthcare), presented ways to fight mental health complications for COVID-19 patients in Bangladesh.
Dr G M Saidur Rahman, Chairman at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at North South University, delivered the opening speech at this webinar. Dr Hasan Mahmud Reza, the president of this webinar, said that it is important for hospitals and clinics in Bangladesh to open designated corners in their facilities to combat post-COVID complications in patients. He expressed the significance of delivering proper information and direction to combat COVID-19 in Bangladesh and ended the webinar by thanking the participants and speakers.