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Death of student shadows JU Boishakh celebrations

  • Published at 03:31 pm April 14th, 2019
Mourning students form a human chain demanding improved medical care at the centre on Jahangirnagar University campus on Sunday, April 14, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Nuruzzaman died of heart failure

The sudden death of a student, caused by heart failure, has cast a shadow in the Pohela Boishakh celebrations at Jahangirnagar University. 

A student of the English Department, Nuruzzaman Nivrit, 22, died on April 13, while being shifted from the university medical centre to Enam Medical College Hospital.

Five students are holding an indefinite sit-in demonstration at the medical centre of Jahangirnagar University, protesting the apparent lack of treatment facilities there. 

A human chain was also formed by the mourning students, demanding improved medical care at the centre.

According to sources at the medical centre, university’s 45th batch student Nuruzzaman visited the infirmary around 7pm on April 13. Then on duty, Dr Tarikul gave him initial treatment for gastric pain. 

As his condition worsened, the doctor recommended Nuruzzaman be taken to Enam Medical College Hospital for better treatment. He died in an ambulance around 9:15pm while on his way to the hospital. 

File photo of Nuruzzaman Nivrit | Collected

Dr Harnath Sarkar of Enam Medical College Hospital said: “Nuruzzaman died of heart failure, caused by breathing problems.”

Meanwhile, Dr Inamur Rashid of university medical centre said: “I had repeatedly asked the now his [Nuruzzaman’s] friends to take to Enam Medical College Hospital. They delayed his treatment by wasting time. 

“Nuruzzaman was forcibly sent to the hospital after 9pm, because of his deteriorating condition.”

Pall of gloom

A pall of gloom befell the students of the Jahangirnagar University, following Nuruzzaman’s sudden death. 

Expressing solidarity with the mourning students, Vice-Chancellor Farzana Islam cancelled the Mongol Shobhajatra, the celebratory Pohela Boishakh rally scheduled at 10am on Sunday. 

Responding to query, acting registrar Rahima Kaniz said: “Mongol Shobhajatra was cancelled to honour the memory of Nuruzzaman. The departments have been requested not to play music or sign songs, out of respect for the deceased.”