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HC seeks to ascertain why Raifa’s family was not compensated

  • Published at 02:42 pm August 14th, 2018
File photo of the Supreme Court Dhaka Tribune

The baby died at Max Hospital, reportedly due to wrong treatment

The High Court has issued a ruling asking the authorities concerned to explain why they should not be directed to pay appropriate compensation to the family of three-year-old girl Raifa who died due to wrong treatment at a hospital in Chittagong. The authorities must respond in four weeks.

The bench of Justice Syed Mohammad Dastagir Hossain and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir issued the ruling, on Tuesday, after hearing a petition filed by Raifa's father Rubel Khan, staff reporter of the Daily Samakal. 

The victim's father filed the writ petition on August 9 seeking necessary directives for compensation, reports UNB.

Advocate Tajul Islam and Barrister Mohammad Enam represented the petitioner.

The ruling also asked the respondents why actions would not be taken against the doctors, and the hospital authorities, for their negligence; and why directives would not be given to establish a guideline for patients who die due to wrong treatment.

Secretary of the health ministry, additional secretary (hospital) of the ministry, chairman of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council, managing director of Max Hospital and its three doctors have been made respondents to the ruling.

Raifa Khan died, reportedly due to wrong treatment, at Max Hospital, on June 29—after she was admitted for throat pain.

A government investigation led by the Chittagong civil surgeon found negligence by the doctors treating her.

A week after Raifa's death, members of the Rapid Action Battalion raided the hospital and fined it for irregularities. In response, owners of private clinics, hospitals, and diagnostic centres went on a 20-hour strike in the port city.