Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday said initiatives should be taken to use new technologies like mobile phone to detect diseases like cancer.
Anybody can monitor their health situation second-by-second through mobile phones, and the possibility is already here, he told the inaugural session of 7th Saarc Federation of Oncologists (SFO) International Cancer Conference.
"I can get the body temperature from mobile phones. I can get the heartbeats from my mobile phone. I can get my pulse rate from my mobile phone. You can also do ECG on it," said Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank.
"Now these technologies are happening. This is possible." Different pathological tests could also be possible through mobile phones, he added.
SFO Bangladesh Chapter organised the two-day conference at the capital's Radisson Hotel. More than 50 oncologists (cancer specialists) and 700 physicians from different countries, including USA, Germany, Japan, Australia and Singapore, and diplomats, educationists, intellectuals from the Saarc countries attended it.
Describing social business as a way to reach general people with healthcare facilities, Prof Yunus said healthcare is a big problem all over the world, including the rich countries like the US, as it is highly expensive.
In the third world countries, healthcare is a major problem, and social business could give a solution to this problem as the business theory is neither moneymaking proposition nor charity proposition, he said.
Dr Madan K Piya, patron of SFO (from Nepal); Prof MA Hai, president of SFO; and Prof AMM Shariful Alam, general secretary of Oncology Club, among others, addressed the inaugural session.