DMCH interns continue strike
Published : Saturday, 13 August, 2022 at 2:56 PM Count : 454
Protesting attack on one of their peers, interns at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) are continuing their work abstention on Saturday.
But the emergency service is open, said Dr Maruf Ul Ahsan, general secretary of DMCH Intern Doctors' Council.
Doctors are struggling to cope with the work stoppage.
Nearly 200 interns at DMCH have gone on strike from Thursday to demand justice for an assault on one of their peers.
Victim Sajjad Hossain said that he was studying at the DMCH reading room on Monday (August 8) morning and took a break around 9:30 pm for tea and snacks at the Shaheed Minar when he was confronted by two students wearing Dhaka University T-shirts who asked him his name.
When he identified himself as an intern for Dhaka Medical, they asked to see his ID card. Sajjad had left his bag, which contained the ID card, in the reading room. When he said he did not have it on him, one of the DU students slapped him.
“I told them – ‘do people carry their cards at all times?’ and one of them slapped me. All of a sudden, more of them came up and began to beat me. One of them hit me very hard by the ear. I couldn’t hear anything. They hit me on the face and I began bleeding from the nose. At one point I fell to the ground.”
After beating him for some time, Sajjad says they put him on an auto-rickshaw. He took the vehicle to the Bakshibazar gate and called his roommate, who helped him to reach the emergency room at the hospital.
Interns at DMCH submitted a letter of protest over the incident to Dr Maruf Ul Ahsan Shamim, also the hospital's director and deputy director.
The letter called for an investigation of the incident and for justice to be done. It warned that a work stoppage would begin if the perpetrators were not brought to justice within 48 hours.