The High Court Division on Tuesday directed the directorate general of health services and the Rapid Action Battalion to immediately shut down 14 illegally run private hospitals and clinics at Mohammadpur in the capital.
The hospitals to be shut down include, BDM Hospital and Dignositcs, Sebika General Hospital, Janaseba Nursing Home and Diagnostic Centre, Life Care Nursing Home, Royal Multispeciality Hospital, Nabab Siraj-Ud-Doullah Mental and Drug Addiction Hospital, Manmita Mental Hospital, Plazma Medical Service and Clinic, Shefa Hospital and Diagnostic Centre, Islamia Mental Hospital, Crescent Hospital and Diagnostic Complex, Makkah Madina General Hospital and Diagnostics, New Well Care Hospital and Bangladesh Trauma Specialised Hospital.
The court in a ruling also asked secretaries of the health services division and the medical education and family welfare division, the director general of health services, Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council chairman, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner, chief executive officer of Dhaka North City Corporation, the Rapid Action Battalion’s executive magistrate and the officer-in-charge of the Mohammadpur police station to explain in four weeks why their failure to shut down these illegal hospitals and clinics would not be declared illegal.
The respondents were also asked to explain why they would not be directed to take action against the owners of the hospitals and clinics for illegally running their businesses without obtaining licenses.
A vacation bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Ahmed Sohel issued the directives after hearing a public interest litigation writ petition of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
Petitioner’ lawyer Manzill Murshid citing a newspaper report submitted that of 26 private hospitals at Humayun Road and Khilji Road 14 were being run illegally without any license.
He submitted that these unequipped hospitals and clinics lacking sufficient qualified nurses and doctors were cheating patients.
The court’s order came because minimal action from time to time and lax monitoring by the authorities concerned did little or nothing to stop the unbridled malpractices by private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres across the country.
Manipulating laws with loopholes and amid a lack of manpower required for constant surveillance, these health facilities have continued their irregularities putting public health in jeopardy.
Inspection team of Directorate General of Health Services and mobile courts at different times unearthed massive anomalies at these facilities and punished them, but they resume doing what they did as ever before.
In March a mobile court conducted by RAB’s executive magistrate sealed Crescent Hospital and Diagnostic Centre at Shyamoli and jailed its fake doctors and other staff for charging huge sums from Chunnu Bapari who came from Chaitanya Goli near the Riazuddin Bazaar in the port city of Chittagong without providing any treatment.
On March 22 Chunnu died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital due to excessive bleeding caused by inordinate delay in providing him treatment by the Crescent Hospital.
The mobile court had also realized Tk 10 lakh as fine from the Crescent Hospital for charging exorbitant amount as treatment cost.
Two fake doctors were performing operation on Chunnu’s leg at the operation theatre of Crescent Hospital, ‘when we raided it, said RAB mobile court executive magistrate Sarwoer Alam.
On September 2017, doctors of Life Hospital and Digital Diagnostic Centre at Gouripur, Doudkandi conducted C-Section on 19-year old Khadiza Begum leaving one baby in her womb when her twin was born.
Housewife Khadiza Begum of Algirchar, Homna, Comilla was admitted to the clinic on September 18 after she experienced labour pain.
Hosne Ara, assistant surgeon of Government Maligaon 20-bed Hospital, performed the caesarean section on Khadiza, when she gave birth a baby, but its twin sister was left in the mother’s womb considering it as a tumour.
Following her discharge from the clinic, Khadiza returned home and complained that she felt severe pain in her womb.
On October 25, 2017 more than a month later, Khadiza was brought to the DMCH where the doctors said that a baby, not a tumour, had been left in her womb.
Later DMCH gynecologists conducted a caesarian section on Khadiza to bring out a stillborn baby.
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