The civil surgeon (CS) of Habiganj formed a committee on Monday to probe the allegation of doctors' attempt to fleece the parents of a 40-day-old baby in Nabiganj upazila of Habiganj.
“The three-member committee headed by Nabiganj Upazila Health Complex's Resident Medical Officer Abdus Samad has been formed to probe the allegations of sending a healthy child to a Moulvibazar hospital for earning money,” CS Suchinto Chowdhury said.
“I have asked the committee to submit report within next seven workdays,” he said.
“Forty-day-old Ismat Nahar, daughter of Rubel Mia and Shirin Akhter, was taken to Dr AHM Khairul Bashar, the paediatric doctor of Orbit Hospital at Aushkandi in Nabiganj, on August 31. The fraudulence came to light with the leaking of Bashar's mobile conversation with another doctor,” said Tofazzal Sohel, coordinator of Sangkhubdo Nagorik Andolon's Habiganj unit.
The baby's mother Shirin Akhter said, “Dr Khairul Bashar prescribed some medicines after taking fee of Tk 500. The next day, when I told him that the child took a long time to take milk, he told me that her condition was very serious.”
“Upon his advice, I admitted my child to Mamun Hospital in Moulvibazar and met Dr Biswajit there. I requested him to talk to Dr Bashar via my mobile when somehow the call record option was on.
“While checking the mobile on September 4, I came across the call record and learnt from it that Dr Biswajit, referring to various medical tests, told Dr Bashar that the child was fully OK. But Dr Bashar told Dr Biswajit to keep the child admitted, give her some injections and tell the mother that he was sick.
“The doctors cheated with poor parents like us,” she said.