On Saturday, Iqbal’s 73-year-old father breathed his last at Delta Medical College and Hospital in Tolarbagh of Mirpur
A day after his father’s death from coronavirus or Covid-19 in Mirpur of Dhaka, a private bank job holder said they faced immense hassle to ensure proper treatment for the victim.
In his Facebook account on Sunday afternoon, Iqbal Abdullah, posted that they were denied by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) and failed to get his father treated at some local hospitals.
On Saturday, Iqbal’s 73-year-old father breathed his last at Delta Medical College and Hospital in Tolarbagh of Mirpur.
The Delta Medical College and Hospital authorities were repeatedly insisting Iqbal shift his father after the IEDCR confirmed that the latter tested positive for Covid-19.
“My father was rushed to some local hospitals and even the IEDCR first refused to examine him. But it finally did so after we contacted the Health Ministry,” he told reporters.
According to the Facebook post, the elderly man was taken to a private clinic in Kalyanpur when he fell ill in the afternoon of March 16.
“Me and my brothers were at work at that time. Upon our return home, we learnt that doctors at the hospital suspected he was infected with the virus and suggested a Covid-19 confirmation test,” he wrote.
“Duly, later at night, we contacted IEDCR for the test after trying its hotline numbers for one hour and a half. But they refused to test my father, saying that was suitable for him since he did not return from abroad and contact any returnee,” he claimed.
The respondents on the hotline number claimed, Iqbal wrote, that the virus had not spread at a mass level and there was nothing to worry about.
“They said my father's physical complication was nothing but an inhalation problem. Around 10:30pm, we took him to a specialist doctor in another hospital in Shyamoli, who said my father was suffering from pneumonia,” Iqbal narrated.
The physician claimed that no hospitals in Bangladesh would treat such a patient (considering the Covid-19 pandemic) and suggested the patient be returned and treated at home, the post reads.
The next day, Iqbal took his father to the emergency ward of the hospital as his condition worsened, where doctors also attested to the condition.
“Though they recommended my father be kept at an intensive care unit (ICU), but denied to provide the facility,” he said.
After a little while, the hospital authorities gave him ICU support. But they retreated from the decision just 15 minutes after the admission, saying that they cannot cater to him any longer.
The development caused Iqbal and his family members to rush to another nearby hospital and admitted the patient to a cabin as there were no empty ICU beds there.
But a physician suggested around 12:30am that we manage an ICU bed for him. Accordingly, we started contacting several hospitals for ICU support, but in vain.
“At last, Delta Hospital agreed to do so and we had our father admitted there around 4am. From 12noon the next day, he was put on life support,” the post further says.
Iqbal and his brother again started to contact IEDCR for the Covid-19 test on March 18, drawing no response from them.
“They finally agreed to do so in the afternoon of March 19 and informed us the next day that our father tested Covid-19 positive,” the post says, adding, that the patient’s family members were told to remain in home quarantine.
“Once Delta Hospital authorities knew the update, they were insisting on allowing them to remove the life support, but we were declining their call,” Iqbal wrote.
But they, Iqbal added, stopped treating the patient until his death at 3am on Saturday.
Over the period, the hospital authorities did not permit any of his family members to see him.
Iqbal also protested that many media outlets published flawed information reporting that his brother-in-law visited them after returning from abroad.
The banker regretted that they could not arrange proper medication for their ailing father and even failed to attend his namaz-e-janaza or funeral prayers.
“As an offspring and also a son, there is nothing more painful than that,” he wrote.
Before he ended his post, Iqbal claimed that all his family members, who are on home quarantine currently, are fit.