12:00 AM, January 28, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 28, 2013

Little Ima dies for 'neglect,' but the accused yet to be held

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None of the accused in the case for the sad death of a schoolgirl at Kishoreganj Sadar Modern Hospital was arrested as of yesterday.
The girl, Ima, 9, a class three student at Katiyarchar Primary School, died soon after a sweeper of the hospital gave her an injection on Friday night.
Daughter of woodcutter Jalal Mia, Ima was injured in a road accident on Wednesday afternoon. She was taken to the hospital where orthopaedic surgeon Dr HR Habib found her left leg broken.
He told Ima's family that operation was not possible at the hospital and advised them to admit her to Kishoreganj Clinic adjacent to the hospital.
As per advice of the doctor, Ima was admitted to the clinic on Thursday morning and operated upon by Dr Habib. After operation, she was released and again taken to the hospital on Friday.
Ima's brother Helal alleged that Aklima Akhter Happy, a nurse of the hospital, demanded Tk 50 from him for pushing an injection prescribed by Dr Habib.
“As I refused to give the money, nurse Aklima sent sweeper Nilufa who gave the injection to Ima” Helal said.
He further said the condition of Ima deteriorated after a few minutes and she died at around 7:00pm.
Protesting the death of Ima, locals demonstrated in front of hospital and blocked the hospital road for three hours from 7:00pm.
They withdrew the barricades after police and hospital authorities assured them of taking necessary actions against the persons responsible for Ima's death.
Ema's family lodged a case with Kishoreganj Police Station on Friday night, accusing Dr Habib, nurse Aklima and sweeper Nilufa.
On Saturday, locals and relatives of Ima formed a human chain in front of the hospital and then submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner, Kishoreganj, demanding immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the accused.
Contacted, Dr Mohammed Ali, resident medical officer (RMO) of Kishoreganj Sadar Modern Hospital, said a four-member committee was formed to investigate the matter.
The hospital authorities have suspended the accused nurse and the sweeper, he added.
Meanwhile, both the accused went into hiding immediately after the incident.
Mir Mosharaf Hossain, officer in-charge of Kishoreganj police station, said they were trying to arrest the accused.

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