BRTA: No fitness certificate for public transport without no smoking sign

File photo of Bus drivers often have to work exceptionally long hours, resulting in greater chances of accidents as they tire Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Survey found over 91% of bus drivers and helpers smoke on the bus

The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) have instructed all their circle offices to check that there are “no smoking” signs on public transports when examining fitness certificates.

Strict action will be taken if “no smoking” signs are not found on transports, according to a press release.

On September 7 this year, the BRTA organized a meeting with the assistance of Health Sector, Dhaka Ahsania Mission and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids at the conference room of the BRTA headquarters. The meeting was organized to disseminate baseline survey findings on compliance with Tobacco Control Law on public transports in Dhaka city. 

BRTA Chairman and Additional Secretary Noor Mohammad Mazumdar was the chief guest at the meeting.

The cross-sectional survey was carried out in October 2019 on 22 routes in Dhaka. A total 417 non-air-conditioned public buses were observed.

The survey found 91.3% of bus drivers and helpers smoked on the bus, even though the Tobacco Control Law explicitly states that public transports should be kept smoke free. As a result, a major recommendation of the survey was to not provide fitness certificate for public transports that did not have no smoking signs.

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Digital Medicine Foundation Certificate Course Announcement

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — NODE.Health, the association for digital medicine, has announced a new offering for professionals interested in the field of digital medicine. The Digital Medicine Foundation Certificate Course, worth up to 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, is targeted towards trainees, graduate students and clinicians in all specialties to learn the fundamentals of digital medicine.

To deliver the course, NODE.Health brought together a panel of digital medicine experts and renowned faculty from UCSF, Providence, New York Mount Sinai, M Health Fairview, Stony Brook, UCSF, ATA, and the White House. The course aims to help students define digital medicine, apply digital Technologies to specialities, deploy best-practices in digital adoption, and to calculate ROI for digital technologies.

The eight classes will include topics related to telemedicine, patient engagement, apps and digital therapeutics, wearables, machine learning and will feature workshops in designing clinical trials for digital. The class will conclude with a panel of experts from a wide range of specialties discussing applications of digital in their practice along with lesson’s learning in implementing digital solutions.

In order to obtain the Digital Medicine Certificate, students will be required to attend the entire full day session on Sunday, December 6, along with 4 of 6 free keynote sessions throughout the complementary NODE.Health Digital Medicine Conference the following week.

In offering the course, NODE.Health hopes to help emerging professionals excel in the field of digital medicine and to accelerate the adoption of digital solutions throughout the industry.

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