KHULNA, March 6: Sufferings of ailing people in Khulna knew no bounds as the physicians, belonging to public and private hospitals alike, observed their second consecutive day of the pre-declared two-day strike on Sunday protesting against an alleged assault on one of their fellows.
They even strayed away from rendering emergency services to the patients although they kept open the entrance points of emergency departments at the public and private hospitals during the strike.
Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Khulna Unit, Private Medical Practitioners' Association (BPMPA) and Private Clinic and Diagnostics Owners' Association (BPCDOA) jointly enforced the two-day work abstention after a meeting with fellow doctors here on Friday night.
"We'll not declare any fresh programme from Monday to Thursday next considering the patients' sufferings," said BMA central Vice-President and Khulna district unit President Dr Sheikh Baharul Alam.
He said, "We've already requested the law enforcers to nab the criminals, but they seem to have paid no heed."
Physicians, he threatened, will go for tougher action after holding next meeting.
He, however, said that they would announce next programme on March 11.
Meanwhile, all government and private-run hospitals, clinics and private chambers of physicians remained closed during the 48-hour strike, forcing patients to go back without treatment.
The emergency patients were the ones suffered most due to the doctors' work abstention, alleged their waiting relatives.
Earlier on Thursday, the doctors observed a 12-hour strike following the same issue.
On February 28, Terokhada Sadar Union Parishad Chairman Waheduzzaman and his accomplices swooped on Dr Abdullah-Al-Mamun, a doctor of Terokhada Upazila Health Complex.
He was attacked as he declined to visit ailing wife of local UP chairman at the latter's residence which was three kilometers away from the health complex.
The Chairman along with his supporters allegedly stormed into the emergency ward of the complex and hit the on-duty doctor indiscriminately causing severe injuries to his body and teeth. The victim physician is now undergoing treatment at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH).
A case was filed later with Terokhada Police Station accusing five people including the UP Chairman and some other unnamed people.