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Patients suffer amid work abstention of doctors in Chittagong

  • Patients are being turned away from both public and private hospitals
  • Diagnostic centres are not conducting tests
Update : 23 Apr 2024, 12:32 PM

Doctors have ceased offering medical services from 6am on Tuesday in response to the assault on two doctors in Chittagong.

Patients are being turned away from both public and private hospitals, and diagnostic centres are not conducting tests. Consequently, patients are facing significant hardships.

Epic Health Care, a private diagnostic centre located near Chittagong Medical College Hospital, remained closed in the morning.

A banner at the entrance informed visitors that diagnostic services were unavailable. However, many patients who travelled from distant areas had to return without getting tested. Among them are patients with complex medical conditions.

Nur Nahar Begum, who travelled from Raozan upazila to Epic Health Care for examination, expressed her frustration: "I came from a far distance only to find out that tests are not being conducted. I am suffering from various ailments. Medical services should not be halted due to disputes. It's the common people who suffer."

Efforts to reach an official from Epic Health Care for comment were unsuccessful.

However, employees at the main entrance mentioned that tests were suspended based on instructions from the authorities.

Meanwhile, a circular signed by the General Secretary of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Chittagong branch Dr Mohammad Faisal Iqbal Chowdhury, on Monday night, demanded the arrest of the accused who attacked doctor Dr Raktim Das on duty at Patia General Hospital and the cancellation of bail of the accused and arrest of the other accused in the attack of paediatrician Dr Riaz Uddin, who was on duty at NICU at Chittagong Medical Centre.

The decision was made following a joint meeting of various medical organizations on April 17.

As part of the program, all forms of private practice, including private chambers, new patient admissions in hospitals, and new patient services at diagnostic centres, will remain closed from 6am on Tuesday until 6am on Wednesday.

However, private hospital clinics will continue providing medical services to previously admitted patients. Diagnostic centres may deliver reports for previous patients but will not accept new patients or provide services.

Earlier on Thursday, a human chain was formed in front of Chittagong Medical College Hospital with the participation of various doctors' organizations.

Earlier on April 10, Raktim Das, a doctor of Patia General Hospital in Chittagong, was seriously injured after being attacked by local Awami League leaders for the delay in treating a patient who suffered a heart attack.

Later on April 14, another doctor named Riaz Uddin Shiblu sustained injuries after being attacked by the relatives of a one-year-old who allegedly died due to wrong treatment.

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