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Ayaan's Death

HC unhappy over DGHSs report

Forms 5-member probe body

Published : Wednesday, 21 February, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 243

The High Court (HC) on Tuesday formed a five-member probe body to investigate the death of 5-year-old Ayaan Ahmed, who died while undergoing treatment at United Hospital after circumcision.

The HC bench comprising Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam and Justice Md Atabullah passed the order after expressing dissatisfaction over the probe report submitted by the Directorate General of Health Services in connection with the death of Ayaan.

The committee has been formed with Principal of Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Professor ABM Maksudul Alam, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical Universitys (BSMMUs) Professor Shashanka Kar Kumar Mondal, Dhaka Universitys teacher Sheikh Hafizur Rahman Karzon, Dhaka Shishu Hospitals Professor Aminur Rashid and assistant professor of National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine Sathhi Dastidar.

The HC bench asked the committee to submit its probe report before it within 30 days.

In its order, the HC bench said it was not satisfied with the report of the Directorate General of Health Services committee.

 "We are forming a new five-member committee that will investigate the incident and submit a report to the court within a month," the court said.

During the proceedings, the High Court made poignant observations regarding the pervasive influence of mafia elements within the medical sector, not just limited to the country but extending globally.

Highlighting the gravity of the situation, the court emphasised that its decision would be made in consideration of the welfare of the countrys staggering 180 million populace, with a keen focus on ensuring justice and reform rather than merely garnering media attention.

Earlier, on January 28 the DGHS submitted its investigation report that highlighted on various aspects surrounding Ayaans tragic fate. Upon scrutiny, the court expressed dismay at the reports portrayal of the plight faced by the people.

The High Court also raised concerns over the alleged negligence exhibited by the medical practitioners attending to Ayaan.

Questioning the administration of an asthmatic injection to the child during circumcision, the court remarked on the disproportionality of medication used, comparing it unfavourably to the requirements of bypass surgery.

Ayaan, a nursery class student in the capitals private school, underwent circumcision under general anesthesia at the United Medical College Hospital at Satarkul on December 31. His father, Shamim Ahmed, alleged that the procedure was conducted without parental consent.

Following the operation, Ayaan failed to regain consciousness and was transferred to the United Hospital in Gulshan. Despite being placed on life support in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for seven days, doctors pronounced his death on January 7 at midnight.

Advocate ABM Shahjahan Akanda Masum stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Tushar Kanti Roy represented the state and Barrister Syed Ahmed Raza stood for United Hospital.

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