Patient's death triggers protest by relatives
Three employees of Patuakhali General Hospital were injured as relatives of a patient went into rampage following her death at the hospital yesterday morning.
The injured are Zafor Pada, 22, security staff, Sohag, 20, ward boy, and Tara Banu, 50, sweeper of the hospital.
Kohinoor Begum, 23, wife of Farid Uddin Jomaddar of Rajnagor village under Baufal upazila was admitted to the hospital on Thursday as she was suffering from anaemia, police and hospital sources said.
The patient, who was kept under the observation of Dr Atiqur Rahman, medicine consultant of the hospital, died at about 9:40am on Saturday.
Getting the news of her death at about 11:00am yesterday, her relatives became agitated and tried to attack the doctors when the hospital staff resisted. Relatives of the patient ransacked doors, windows and furniture of the hospital and injured the three staff.
Kohinoor's relatives claimed Kohinoor died due to negligence by the doctor and other staff of the hospital.
"Following Dr Atiqur Rahman's advice, we brought a bag of blood for Kohinoor on Friday but it was not pushed into her body. As a result she died," said the patient's aunt Aleya Begum.
Denying the allegation of negligence to the patient, Dr Atiqur said, "The patient was not in a condition to receive blood as she was suffering from anaemia for long."
Dr Mostafizur Rahman, acting superintendent of the hospital, said proper treatment was given to the patient but her condition was very critical.
"Police arrested Halim, 35, Milon, 32, and Rahima, 28, -- all relatives of the patient, but later freed them. The situation is under control and police have been deployed on the hospital compound," said Noresh Chandra Karmaker, officer in charge of Patuakhali police station.