Doctors continued to boycott private practices across the country on Tuesday in protest of the attack on the Central Hospital in Dhaka by students angered by the death of a Dhaka University student allegedly due to wrong diagnosis.
Patients from all over the country suffered due to the strike, especially expectant mothers, patients waiting for surgery, and other emergency patients. Private clinics did not provide treatments to emergency patients.
According to our district correspondents, around 8,000 patients suffered in at least 151 private clinics in Rangpur. Around 5,500 patients suffered in 30 clinics of Chittagong and at least 65 clinics were closed in Khulna due to the strike.
On May 17, Afia Akter Chaity, 20, a student of zoology in Dhaka University, was admitted to the Central Hospital and diagnosed with acute myeloblastic leukaemia.
However, Afia’s fellow students claim doctors told them she was suffering from dengue shortly before she died around 8:15am on Thursday.
After the news of her passing reached the university campus, several hundred students and Bangladesh Chhatra League activists went to the hospital around 5:30pm to demand punishment for the doctors responsible for the alleged misdiagnosis.
“This is frustrating that hospitals are being attacked for alleged wrong treatments by the doctors,” said Dr Md Ehteshamul Huq Choudhury, secretary general of Bangladesh Medical Association.
“Doctors should be punished if they made the mistake, otherwise the students should be punished for their act,” he said.