The Story of Omar Faruk Rakib

My name is Omar Faruk Rakib. I am an undergraduate student at the University of Dhaka and a resident of Kabi Jasimuddin Hall. Alhamdulillah! I am physically and mentally sound and do not suffer from any severe diseases. Occasionally, I experience mild ailments like a cold, cough, or fever, but they are manageable and not severe. I take medications such as paracetamol and Fexofenadine Hydrochloride to help me recover from these illnesses. Fortunately, the medical facilities in our university area are well-established.

 As students of the University, we have access to free medical facilities, and our department provides health coverage for students. However, the distance from our hall to the Dhaka University Medical Center is quite far, making it inconvenient to go there during severe situations. Although Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital etc are nearby, the issue lies in the distance from our hall. Generally, we only go to the hospital in cases of emergency. I can share some past experiences related to medical situations within our hall community.

Last year, one of our juniors from our hall lost consciousness, and we immediately rushed him to the emergency room of DMCH. We provided primary treatment on the spot and then arranged for an ambulance to transfer him to the hospital. In another incident, a student from the nearby Bijoy Ekattor Hall felt extremely weak one morning and nearly fainted. This incident took place in the corridor of the hall, near the prayer room. Nearby students came to his aid, took him to his room, and provided initial treatment, including giving him saline water and some food. He started feeling better after receiving this care and mentioned that he had missed breakfast due to a morning class, and afterward, he felt starving and weak.

 It is a common phenomenon in our hall life to skip a proper breakfast. Even I struggle to have a proper breakfast regularly. Most of the time, I wake up just before my class and have a light breakfast, like a boiled egg, due to time constraints. However, we are aware that a healthy breakfast is essential for our bodies, but due to unavoidable circumstances, we often cannot have one. It is crucial for us to develop a good habit of having regular meals. Therefore, there is a need to improve the food facilities in our hall and throughout the campus to ensure a better dining experience.