Overview of the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolic Disorders
|Prof. A. S. M. Nawshad Uddin Ahmed
|Dr. Rabi Biswas
|Dr. Md. Rafiqul Islam
Paediatric Endocrinology is a medical subspecialty dealing with disorders of the endocrine glands, such as variations of physical growth and sexual development in childhood, diabetes and many more. Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolic Disorders is one of the imp ortant subspecialties of Dhaka Shishu (Children) Hospital. This unit was established in 1994 by retired Prof. M.A. Kashem Sarker, MRCP, FRCP. Presently it is headed by Prof. ASM Nawshad Uddin Ahmed, FCPS, FRCP and is assisted by Assistant Professors Dr. Rabi Biswas, DCH, FCPS, MPhil (Hong Kong) and Dr. Md. Rafiqul Islam, DCH, MPH; Registrar Dr. Nadira Rahman, DCH and Senior Resident Medical Officers Dr. Faruque Ahmed, Dr. Ayesha Noor, Dr. Shahnaz Parvin Sumi, MCPS, Dr. Tania Fardous and Dr. Md. Amzad Hossain. Besides them the unit have trainee Resident Medical Officers. The location of the unit is in the 1st floor (Ward-4) of Block-A, which is the nonpaying ward. Ten free beds are allocated for this unit in this Ward. Apart from the nonpaying beds, patients are also admitted in different paying wards as well as the cabins. This unit also deals with general pediatric illnesses in addition to childhood endocrine and metabolic disorders. Majority of the endocrine patients are admitted in this unit and endocrine patients admitted in other units are also referred to this unit for proper management and long term follow up. This unit runs a weekly follow up clinic. Patients of endocrine and metabolic disorders are followed up every Tuesday between 11 am to 1 pm by a senior Medical Officer supervised by Register and Assistant Professors. Post-graduate students are also present during the follow-up period. Common follow-up patients are of congenital hypothyroidism and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Patients of other endocrine disorders as well as rickets, obesity and short stature are also followed up and managed adequately and appropriately according to need. Various researches on Endocrine diseases are conducted in this unit. The future plan is to start screening program for congenital hypothyroidism in this hospital and to establish a growth and weight management clinic. We also intended to establish postgraduate course in Paediatric Endocrinology in future. Endocrine disorders are important causes of morbidity and mortality 6f children worldwide. The Western world has reduced morbidity and mortality by introducing screening programs and giving proper treatment. Cost is an important hindrance in research and management of pediatric endocrine problem in developing countries like us.