The main entrance to the Rajshahi Medical College Hospital in the city of Rajshahi. — File photo.
Resident doctors at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital resumed refraining from work for 72 hours from Saturday afternoon to demand the arrest of those who attacked them and vandalized the hospital on Wednesday night following the death of a student from Rajshahi University.
Due to the intern doctors’ strike, the patients in the hospital suffered greatly and the medical services collapsed.
RMCH Board of Internal Physicians Chairman Imran Hossain, addressing a protest outside the hospital around 1:00 p.m., said they had started abstention from work.
The demonstration was jointly organized by the Council of Trainee Doctors of RMCH, the Bangladesh Medical Association and Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad.
Imran Hossain said they returned to work on Friday giving an ultimatum that they would return to work abstaining if the attackers were not arrested within 24 hours.
But, he alleged, the police did not accept their complacency and did not arrest any of the attackers.
He also threatened to harden the movement if the attackers were not arrested within three days.
Rajshahi-2 Legislator and RMCH Management Board Chairman Fazle Hossain Badsha, Rajshahi Medical College Principal and BMA Secretary General Nowshad Ali, RMCH Director Brigadier General Shameem Yazdany, SWACHIP Chairman Khalilur Rahman, among others, addressed the human chain.
Meanwhile, the UK authorities filed a written complaint with the Rajapara Police Station against the trainee doctors, nurses, staff and Ansar members of the RMCH for beating and injuring the university students on Wednesday night.
Earlier on Wednesday, MGM Shahriar, 25, a fourth-year student in UR’s marketing department, was rushed to RMCH as he fell from the hallway of the university’s Shaheed Habibur Rahman Hall at around 8:00 p.m. He succumbed to his injuries around 9:30 p.m.
Alleging negligence in the treatment of Shahriar, her classmates began protesting and vandalizing the hospital.
At that time, intern doctors and hospital staff also beat the protesting students, injuring five.
Later, the intern doctors left the hospital around noon to protest the attack and vandalism.
Following the incident, RMCH Administrative Officer Anwar Hossain filed a written complaint with Rajpara Police accusing 300 anonymous UR students of beating intern doctors and causing harm. vandalism at the hospital.
Meanwhile, RU Registrar Abdus Salam filed an FIR with Rajapara Police Station on Saturday accusing trainee RMCH doctors, nurses, staff and Ansar members of beating and injuring university students on Wednesday evening.
University authorities have also formed two separate bodies – one to investigate the fall of the deceased student from the hallway and the other to investigate the whole incident on Wednesday – and asked them to submit their reports within three days.
The Officer in Charge of Rajpara Police Station, DSO Siddiqur Rahman told New Age that authorities from RU and RMCH had filed two written complaints with the police station and were investigating them.
“We will take the necessary measures after the investigations,” he added.
Meanwhile, UR students announced they would hold a human chain outside the university’s main entrance to protest the negligence in the treatment of Shahriar and demand punishment for the doctors and RMCH staff who attacked their comrades.
Due to the intern doctors’ strike, the patients in the hospital began to suffer greatly.
According to RMCH officials, more than 2,500 patients were admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, and a total of 290 in-house doctors are providing various services in three shifts.
The medical wards in the hospital mainly depend on the in-house doctors, as the senior doctors visit the wards once a day.
Visiting the hospital on Saturday, patients were seen waiting in various departments and wards to take treatment as admitted patients were not receiving proper treatment due to lack of doctors.
Umar Ali, who admitted his daughter Romana Khatun to ward no. 8 from the hospital, said nurses prescribed injections.
“But there is no doctor in the service. I can’t find anyone to see if these injections are necessary or not. Only experienced doctors visited the patient once in the morning, he claimed.
Masud Rana, who took his uncle Idris Ali to Amgachi village hospital in Durgapur upazila, said he could not find any doctor at the hospital.
“There are only a few nurses in the service. After buying medicine, I went to their house several times to administer it but they rarely pay attention to it,” he alleged.
Brigadier General Shameem Yazdany, director of the RMCH, told New Age that it would be difficult to provide treatment to patients as interns went on strike to enforce their demands.
Saying the intern doctors’ request was reasonable, the hospital director said legal action should be taken against those who created a frightening situation at the hospital on Wednesday night.