Two women died in a private hospital in Sylhet allegedly for wrong treatment and negligence to provide timely treatment during their caesarean section on Friday.
The staff of DMT Safeway Hospital, jointly run by physicians of Bangladesh and India in the city, fled the scene after the death of the women, police officials said.
The incident occurred weeks after a newborn’s head was severed and the mother’s uterus was cut during a caesarean section in Comilla.
The victims in Sylhet were Asma Begum, 23, wife of Sakhawat Hossain of Kallagram of sadar upazila, and Fayzun Nahar Chaiti, 22, wife of Rubel Hossain of Chulahati at Jaintapur upazila.
Asma’s cousin Kaiyum Al Ronny told New Age that Asma underwent a caesarean section conducted by Minoti Rani Sinha, a physician at the hospital, and delivered a girl child at about 9:00pm on Thursday.
He said that the physical condition of his cousin started to deteriorate from 5:00am on Friday when they found no doctor at the hospital to manage it.
Kaiyum claimed that the on-duty nurse at the postoperative room was sleeping and Asma died at about 7:00am without any treatment.
‘There was no doctor at the hospital. My sister died because of sheer negligence in giving treatment by the hospital authority,’ he alleged.
Mentioning the condition of the newborn child as normal, Kaiyum said that they would make complaint with the higher authorities concerned against the hospital authority.
Deceased Fayzun Nahar Chaiti’s husband Rubel Hossain told reporters that his wife gave birth to a child in a caesarean section conducted by Minoti Rani Sinha at about 9:40pm on Thursday at the hospital.
He said that Fayzun was in the postoperative room and her physical condition started deteriorating after administering an injection in her body at about 6:00am on Friday.
‘No doctor was found to see her at that moment,’ he alleged.
Rubel said a doctor rushed to the hospital at about 7:30am and informed them that her condition badly deteriorated and asked them to shift her to Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College Hospital in the city as she needed to be placed in intensive care unit which was not available at his hospital.
He said that they rushed Fayzun to Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College Hospital, where the on-duty doctors told them that she had died far before her arrival at the hospital.
‘My wife died at DMT Safeway Hospital because of mistreatment and lack of medical care. The hospital authorities staged a drama on ICU as a bid to hide their incompetency and negligence,’ Rubel alleged.
The hospital officials and employees fled the scene as the relatives of the deceased started gathering there.
Few hours later, Minoti, who conducted the caesarean sections, visited the hospital and said that there was no problem in caesarean sections.
‘Their conditions were sound when I left the hospital Thursday night after completing the operations,’ she said.
The patients might have died due to reaction of any medicine administered during the postoperative treatment, Minoti said.
The reason behind the deaths could be identified through post-mortem examinations, she added.
Sylhet civil surgeon Himangshu Lal Das told New Age in the evening that a team led by deputy civil surgeon Abul Kalam Azad was formed to investigate the deaths.
Action will be taken if the hospital authorities are found guilty in the probe, he said.
Kotwali police station officer-in-charge Gausul Hossain told New Age that they visited the hospital.
Legal steps would be taken if any the victim families filed any complaint, he said.
Earlier on March 18, during a caesarean section on a woman in Comilla Medical College Hospital doctors reportedly cut the head of the newborn into two parts and severe the mother’s uterus.
After media reports, The High Court on March 25 summoned Comilla Medical College Hospital director Swpan Kumar, five doctors of the hospital and Comilla civil surgeon Mujibur Rahman to explain the incident.
Later, in hearing on April 11, the doctors accompanied by Swpan Kumar and Mujibur Rahman told the court that they were ethically right in performing the caesarean section to save the mother’s life.
On March 5, 24 sexagenarians had cataract surgeries at an eye camp run by Impact Masudul Haque Memorial Community Health Centre in Chuadanga.
Among them, 20 got infected in their eyes, which caused the removal of the operated eyes of all the 20 patients.
Two probe bodies including by the health ministry were formed to investigate the incident.
Chuadanga Civil Surgeon Khairul Alam said on Friday that the health ministry completed the investigation but the report was not disclosed yet.
‘We are waiting for the ministry findings and directives, he said.
On March 28, a mobile court jailed seven staff, including two fake doctors of private-run Crescent Hospital ay Shyamoli in Dhaka for varying terms ranging from six months to two years for conducting surgical operation by fake doctors.
The mobile court also fined the hospital Tk 10 lakh for charging high cost from patients and sealed off the hospital.
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