A 55-year-old man with Covid-19 symptoms died yesterday after reportedly being denied treatment at Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital (SZMCH) in Bogura.
Md Golam Rabbani, a dispensary owner in Bogura town, was taken to the emergency unit of the hospital around 6:00 am as he was suffering from fever, cough and breathing complications for the last 10 days, according to his elder brother Abdur Rouf Badsha.
"We requested the authorities to admit my brother, but the duty doctor refused to admit him without an X-ray report of his chest," he said.
It was not possible to manage an X-ray report in the morning as the X-ray room of the hospital was shut until 9:00 am, Badsha said.
"We had to wait in front the X-ray room until 9:00 am. Immediately after undergoing the X-ray test, my brother collapsed on the ground and became unconscious," he continued.
Later, the hospital authorities took him to the emergency unit and declared him dead, Badsha said.
"We had to wait around three hours before the test. If the emergency doctors gave him primary treatment immediately, my brother could have survived," Badhsha lamented.
The deceased's brother also alleged that the hospital authorities did not collect his samples even though he died with coronavirus-like symptoms.
Contacted, Abdul Wadud, assistant director of SZMCH, said the patient's condition was very severe. He was suffering from diabetic and kidney problems with coronavirus symptoms.
"Our duty doctor asked the patient's attendances to provide his chest-X ray report. By this time, our staff were preparing necessary papers for his admission. In the meantime, the patient died on the floor of the emergency unit," he said.
Responding to a query that the patient was waiting for three hours since 6:00 am to get an X-ray report, the SZMCH assistant director said he was informed that the patient arrived at the hospital around 8:30 am.
He also said that they somehow missed the collection of samples from the deceased to ascertain whether he had coronavirus infection.