Introduction :

For optimum utilization of skills, time and efficient outcome of ophthalmologist, there is a growing need in developing and developed countries to strengthen the use of mid-level ophthalmic personnel (MLOP).

The use of MLOPs as auxiliary resources for ophthalmologist would contribute in achieving the target of reduction in prevalence of avoidable visual impairment as well as in achieving the objectives of primary eye health care in Bangladesh.

Having shortage of qualified ophthalmologist, a need for ophthalmic assistant has been felt for the country for a long time since the adoption of Vision -2020 “Right to Sight” Declarations in 2000. There are very few eye health care institutes come up to meet the demand by providing training of mid- level ophthalmic personnel (MLOPs) Dr. K. Zaman BNSB Eye Hospital felt the demand of the nation therefore it established a training institute named Institute of Community Ophthalmology (MBICO)

Established :

In 2010, the establishment of the Mymensingh BNSB Institute of Community Ophthalmology in the Dr. K. Zaman BNSB Eye Hospital, Mymensingh, Bangladesh  campus is a remarkable achievement. This Institute has been recognized by the Ministry of Health and Family welfare , Govt. of the Peoples republic of Bangladesh & affiliated by the State Medical Faculty of Bangladesh.

Objectives of the Institute :

  1. General Objectives

To provide knowledge, skills and attitude through which MLOPs will be able to assist the ophthalmologist and render primary eye care services with efficiency and accuracy where necessary within defined boundary of responsibilities.

  1. Specific objectives

At the end of the course MLOPs will be able to:

  • Record patient medical histories
  • Conduct certain eye procedures
  • Maintain ophthalmic equipment and instruments efficiently
  • Perform record keeping efficiently
  • Assist Ophthalmologist in clinical and surgical practices
  • Assist service delivery in eye camps
  • Provide basic eye care services to communities
  • Counsel patients and attendants

Core components of each Course :

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Technical and scientific skills
  • Community and health services

Achievements :

The institute runs regular Mid level Ophthalmic personnel course (Ophthalmic assistant).  So far 140 MLOP have passed.

So far 220 trainee have trained in other sub specialty training from different Organization :

  • Mazharul Haque BNSB Eye Hospital
  • Moulvibazar BNSB Eye Hospital, BNSB Eye Hospital Patuakhali
  • Khulna BNSB Eye Hospital, BRAC, Symbiosis
  • Khonjonpur Mission Eye Hospital, Rangpur, Vard
  • Lions Eye Hospital, Kishoregonj Eye Hospital
  • Bangladesh Jatiya Andho Kalyan samity(BJAKS) Comilla
  • SARA, Gramaus, MATI, Red Crescent Society
  • GBC Hospital, Haluaghat, Mymensingh, World Vision, UTPS,
  • BABPSA, Deep Eye Care Foundation,  Rangpur
  • Ispahani Islamia Eye Hospital, Hasanuddin University, Idonesia
  • Grameen Health Care Services Ltd., Prime Bank Ltd.
  • Community Eye Care &  Research centre (CECRC), Rangpur
  • Barisal Medical College(BMC)
  • National Institute of Ophthalmology and hospital (NIO)
  • BNSB Eye Hospital,  Chapainawabgonj
  • Gausul azm BNSB Eye Hospital, Dinajpur

Other sub specialty training offers :

  • Refraction
  • Orthopotist
  • Counseling
  • O.T Nurse
  • O.T Management
  • Integrated Hospital Management Software (IHMS)
  • Ocular Microbiology Course for Lab Assistant
  • Medical Records Management (MRM)
  • Maintenance of Ophthalmic Instruments and Equipment
  • Optical Dispensing
  • Outreach Programme Management Traning

Custom Designed Courses :

  • Pediatric Ward and Outpatient Management
  • Pediatric O.T Nurse
  • Pediatric O.T Management
  • Pediatric Counseling
  • Integrated Hospital Management Software (IHMS)
  • Ocular Microbiology Course for Lab Assistant
  • Medical Records
  • Refraction Techniques
  • Outreach Program Management
  • Instruments and Equipment Maintenance

Future Plan :

  • Insfrustructure for an Ideal institution.
  • Established all kind facilities for all trainees.
  • Intruduce B.Opto. Training.
  • Affiliation with BCPS.
  • Strong Networking with govt. NGOs and others Organisation.
  • TOT School.