The High Court today summoned the director and registrar of Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital to explain a reported incident that a ward boy of the hospital had carried out an operation in absence of a surgeon.
The RMCH officials will have to appear before the court on March 5 also to explain their role in connection with the incident.
The order came in response to a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh following a report published with a photo in the daily Amader Somoy on February 9.
The report said ward boys of the RMCH conduct operations in absence of the surgeons as the doctors are engaged in politics and grouping.
The court asked the government to give instruction to the heads of all hospitals across the country to ensure surgery by 'proper' persons and to maintain healthy and safe operation theatres in the hospitals.
The HC bench of Justice Qauzi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain asked the government to submit a report in two weeks after complying with the order.
The court ordered the government to form a committee to investigate the reported incident of RMCH in a week and submit a report before it in four weeks.
It also issued a rule upon the government to explain in two weeks why it should not be directed to necessary steps to ensure proper treatment and safe operation in all hospitals across the country.
The bench came up with the orders and rule following the petition that sought necessary orders about the incident.
The health secretary, director general of Directorate General of Health Services, secretary general of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council and the director and registrar of RMCH have been made respondents to the rule, Bishwojit Roy, deputy attorney general, told the daily star.
During the hearing, advocate Manzil Murshid, counsel for the petitioner, told the court that the picture used in the report shows that a boy was using medical instrument in absence of the doctors, which is very pitiful.
Hundreds of people are dying due to improper operations, he said adding that the people are deprived of health services for the mismanagement of the hospitals.