Pioneer of ORS use Dr Dhiman Barua dies at 99 years of age
New Delhi: The founder of the Diarrhoeal Diseases Control Programme, Dr Dhiman Barua, who was also the central figure in promoting Oral Rehydration Salt Solution (ORS) for diarrhea, passed away at the age of 99 years. He was just two months away from reaching centenarian.
The demise of the doctor who has been a great inspiration in the medical field has brought grief into the medical community.
Millions of lives are saved every year thanks to the development of a simple treatment by him, called oral rehydration salts (ORS) solution, once dubbed "potentially the most important medical advance" of the 20th century by the Lancet.
The doctor had started his early medical education at Chittagong Med School in 1937-1941. Thereafter, he pursued his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from LMF. Lake Med College, University of Calcutta, 1947-1949. He became a Doctor of Medicine Pathology & Bacteriology from King George's Med College & the University of Lucknow in 1956. He also studied microbiology at Institut Pasteur, Paris in1958-1959, and at the University of Texas, Galveston in 1971.
Throughout his career at World Health Organization (WHO), he trained health workers in many countries in oral rehydration therapy and other aspects of diarrhoeal diseases, using facilities, notably the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh.