'Why should I follow the civil surgeons advice? Contact the hospital management'
A doctor at Tangail General Hospital has been accused of negligence over the death of a patient.
The patient, 60-year-old Abu Sayeed, who was bit by a snake, succumbed as he was not given any vaccine, alleged his son Shahidul Islam Shanto.
Shanto, who works as a health assistant at Kalihati Upazila Health Complex, said Dr Monira Afroze, assistant registrar of the general hospital, did not give an anti snake venom vaccine to his father.
Had she administered the vaccine, my father would have survived, he told a press conference at the Tangail Press Club on Saturday.
Shanto demanded punishment of the doctor.
On July 16, Shantos father was admitted to the hospital’s emergency department after he was bit by the snake.
Dr Monira told the patients attendants that the vaccine was not available in the hospital, Shanto said.
Tangail Civil Surgeon Dr Sharif Hossain Khan, who was informed of the matter, asked Dr Monira to arrange the vaccine as soon as possible and give it to the patient.
However, Dr Monira refused to administer the vaccine, saying: Why should I follow the civil surgeons advice? Contact the hospital management.”
The patient party spoke to the officials concerned of the hospital but to no avail.
Meanwhile, the patients condition worsened.
About three hours later, the doctor suggested that the patient should be shifted to either Dhaka or Mymensingh medical college hospital.
The patient was shifted to the Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where he succumbed.
Why did the doctor (Dr Monira) not administer the vaccine even after it was available in the hospital? My father died due to the doctors negligence in duty. I demand her punishment, said a disgruntled Shanto.
He said efforts are underway to sue the doctor.
Dr Monira Afroze said they thought the patients condition would deteriorate after administering the vaccine.
The patient party is now complaining even after they were made aware of that, she said.
However, Tangail General Hospitals Assistant Director Sadar Uddin declined to comment on the matter.
Civil Surgeon Dr Sharif Hossain said this is unfortunate.
The vaccine was available in the hospital. Had the duty doctor administered the vaccine, the patients would not have died, he said, adding that a public hospital cannot operate like that.