Child specialist MR Khan dies

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Dhaka, November 5: Eminent child specialist and National Professor Dr MR Khan breathed his last at Central Hospital in city on Saturday afternoon. He was 88.

He breathed his last around 4:25 pm while undergoing treatment at the Central Hospital.

Director of the Central Hospital Dr MA Quasem confirmed the news.

“He was suffering from old age complication and under going treatment. Recently he was operated three-time both home and abroad,” he said.

Mohammad Rafi Khan, popularly known as MR Khan was born on August 1 in 1928 under Satkhira district.

Khan was the second son out of four sons of parents Alhajj Abdul Bari Khan and Zaera Khanam.

He was called ‘Khoka’ by his parents, relatives and neighbours.

 Prof Khan passed MBBS from Calcutta Medical College in 1952. He subsequently completed DCH, MRCP, FCPS, FRCP from London ( 1957), Edinburgh (1962), Bangladesh (1974) and Edinburgh (1978).

Prof Khan has served as physician and teacher in the field of child health for a half century in Bangladesh. So he is regarded as father of Paediatrics in Bangladesh.

He served as a professor in different medical colleges in Bangladesh such Rajshahi Medical College and Dhaka Medical College.

He was the visiting professor of ICDDRB (Bangladesh), Women’s medical college, Uttara, Dhaka.

He made a strenuous effort in establishing Women’s medical college, Uttara, Central Hospital, Dhanmondi and Nivedita Hospital.

He has been appointed as National Professor since 2011.

He received various awards for his outstanding and pioneering role in the field of medical science and social works including Swadhinata and Ekushey Padak.