Published :Friday, 12 February, 2016, Time : 12:00 AM View Count : 19
The High Court on Thursday summoned the Managing Director of Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital to explain the incident of keeping a dead child in the hospital and seeking money for treatment. The director general of Directorate General of Health Services has also been summoned. In a suo moto move, the HC bench comprising Justice Moazzem Hossain and Justice Bodruzzaman asked them to appear before it on February 22 by 10:30am to explain their position in this regard. It also issued a rule asking government to explain why criminal case should not be filed against the authorities of Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital for allegedly keeping a baby's lifeless body on life support at the ICU, without notifying the family about her passing. The HC bench also asked the government why it should not be directed to take necessary step in getting compensation for the victim family members of the 16-month-old baby girl. Health Secretary, Director General of Health Department, Director General of Drug Administration and Managing Director of Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital have been asked to reply to the rule within 10 days. The HC bench came up with the orders following reports published in various national dailies stating that the authorities concerned of the Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital took money after keeping a baby's lifeless body on life support at the ICU. The child, Sumaiya Sabah, was admitted to the hospital on Monday with breathing problems. She was immediately taken to the ICU, where she remained away from her family until she died, according to report. However, the exact time of her death could not be known. The mobile court was first notified by the child's mother about the secretive role being played by the hospital staff, the report said. A Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) mobile court in a drive on Wednesday fined the hospital Tk 11.50 lakh for various irregularities. During the drive, the elite force found that the hospital kept a child, aged one year and four months, at the ICU showing him alive even after his death, and kept charging his family in the name of his treatment. A committee have been formed to give report on this issue within two days, Dr Samiul Islam, Director (Hospital) of Directorate General of Health Services told the Daily Observer. Meanwhile, the same bench of the HC directed the government to form a committee to investigate the 'wrong treatment' provided by a doctor of Square Hospital to Dr ASM Zakaria Shapon of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, who was admitted at the Square Hospital for treatment. In response to a writ petition filed by Dr Zakaria, the HC bench directed the health secretary, DG of Health and Drug Administrative departments, pharmacy in-charge of Square Hospital and council of Bangladesh Medical and Dental have been asked to submit the investigation report before it within two months. Dr Zakaria and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) jointly filed the writ petition with the HC seeking its directive alleging that the authorities concerned of the Square Hospital provided fake medicine in completing the chemotherapy of Dr Zakaria, who was admitted at the hospital with cancer virus. After hearing on the petition, the HC bench came up with the order.