DU student’s death: Central Hospital’s director held

The director of Central Hospital has been arrested in a case filed for death of a female student of Dhaka University due to “wrong treatment” at the hospital.

The MA Kashem was arrested last night after hours after DU authorities filed the case with Dhanmondi Police Station against him and eight other doctors and officials of the hospital, said Nazrul Islam, a sub-inspector of Dhanmondi Police Station.

The other accused are: Dr ABM Abdullah, Kashem Yusuf, Dr Mortuza, Lt Col ASM Matlubur Rahman, Dr Masuma Parvin, Dr Jahanara Begum Mona, Dr Maksud Parvin and Dr Tapan Kumar Bairagi.

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Doctors diagnosed Afia Jahin Chaity, 20, a first-year student of zoology department, with "acute myeloblastic leukaemia", a type of blood cancer after she was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, according to the medical file of the deceased.

But just before she died around 5:30pm yesterday, doctors confirmed that she actually had dengue fever, students claimed.

The death of Afia, from Chapainawabganj, sparked protest among her fellows. Around 200-300 students went to the hospital and vandalised several rooms protesting the death. They also demanded punishment of the doctors.