A three-day international medical equipment and services exposition, titled 'MedExpo-2005', began in the city with a view to familiarising the advanced health care services and equipment.
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury inaugurated the third international exhibition on medical equipment and services at Hotel Sheraton in the city Friday.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Hossain said such an exhibition is indeed a good initiative of disseminating knowledge and technology among the people about the prevailing medical services in the country.
"Over the last two decades a tremendous growth in private sector medical and diagnostic services in urban areas was witnessed. But the middle class and the poor people of the country could not still gain access to these facilities," he said.
He also stressed the need for international standard medical and diagnostic services to ensure better treatment in the country.
Including host country Bangladesh, a total of 43 companies of India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, the USA, the UK, Sweden, China and Germany are showcasing their equipment and services in some 57 stalls.
Efficient doctors from home and abroad will be available during the exhibition for free consultation to critical patients.
Besides, manufacturers representing various medical instrument companies are offering attractive discounts for all purchases during the exhibition.
The MedExpo is being organised by Triune Exhibition and Events Management Services (TEEMS), while Bangladesh Private Clinic Diagnostic Owners' Association (BPCDOA) is the co-organiser of the exhibition.