Residents of Rajshahi city on Saturday demanded ensuring proper medical care at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital marred by irregularities and corruption.
More than 200 residents, under the banner of Rajshahi Rakkha Sangram Parishad, brought out a procession and held a rally at the zero point of the city.
Addressing the rally, the speakers said that Rajshahi Medical College Hospital had turned into a place of maltreatment.
‘Patients are now served rotten and stale food. Nurses and officials often misbehave with the patients and their attendants. They sometimes beat up the attendants of patients if they protest against irregularities,’ said Jamat Khan, general secretary of Rajshahi Rakkha Sangram Parishad.
He alleged that Rajshahi city had turned into a city of drugs which were bought, sold and taken in board daylight. He urged the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to eliminate abuse of drugs from the city.
The parishad’s president Liakat Ali said while the government was taking several initiatives to plant more trees, the local administration had cut down roadside trees on a stretch of around 35 kilometres.
He also alleged that most of the city roads were occupied by those who were backed by politicians, and the city corporation rarely took any steps to free those roads.
Rajshahi Rakkha Sangram Parishad’s organisation secretary Debashis Pramanik Debu, freedom fighter Abdul Mannan, Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry former president Harunar Rashid, among others, spoke at the procession.
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