HC summons Japan-Bangladesh Hospital’s MD, Drug Admin director on Feb 22

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Dhaka, Feb 11: High Court (HC) on Thursday summoned the managing director of Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital (JBFH) and the director of Drug Administration in connection with various irregularities including extorting parents keeping a deceased child at the intensive care unit of the hospital.

They have been asked to appear before the court on February 22.

At the same time, the court also issued a rule asking them to explain in the next ten days why necessary actions including criminal proceedings would not be taken against them and why the financial compensation would not be provided to the family of the child.

The Health Secretary, Director General of the Directorate of Health, Director General of the Directorate of Drug Administration, and JBFH chairman have also been asked to reply to the rule.

A High Court bench comprising Justice M Moazzem Hossain and Justice M Badruzzaman, issued the rule on Thursday responding to a public interest litigation.

Advocate Idrisur Rahman and Barrister Toufique Inam Tipu brought the issue to the attention of the court. Deputy attorney general Md Selim appeared on behalf of the state.

Sumaiya Sabah, a 16-month old girl child of Fatulla in Narayanganj, was admitted to the JBFH at Dhanmondi in Dhaka with pneumonia on Monday. On Wednesday morning, the mother was told that a medical board was constituted for better treatment of her daughter.

After several hours, a mobile team of Rapid Action Batallion (RAB) conducted a raid into the hospital and found the body of the child in an isolated room of the hospital.

RAB, Directorate of Health and Drug Administration Directorate jointly operated the mobile court.

Magistrate Helal Uddin of the mobile court told journalists that Sumaiya Sabah had died on Tuesday morning.

“In spite of the death of the child, the hospital authorities told her mother that a medical board was constituted for better treatment of her baby. We also received the allegations that the child’s parents were forced to pay money assuring them that their daughter was alive,” he said.

Helal Uddin said: “We have found much irregularities at the hospital during our drive. We didn’t find any experienced doctors treating patients. Besides, there were no arrangement of forming medical boards. There were no biochemists or certified medical technologists at the hospital. Even adequate doctors and nurses were not found at the hospital.”

The magistrate said there was no list of the price services found at the hospital. Very low quality ingredients are used for the pathological or other tests. Besides, they were selling 12 different types of unauthorised antibiotics.

The mobile court arrested six people of JBFH on Wednesday on these charges. During questioning, they confessed about their misdeeds. Then they were fined Taka 11,50,000.

The arrested persons were M Nazrul Islam, 39, Dr Sharifuzzaman, 29, Kawsir, 52, Liza, 25, Montesh Mondol, 38 and Sumon Mondol, 28.

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