CHATTOGRAM: The indefinite strike enforced by the private hospital owners in Chattogram was postponed on Monday afternoon causing immense sufferings to patients for around 20 hours.
Private Hospital and Lab Owners Association General Secretary Dr Liakat Ali Khan announced postponement of the strike at around 12:30pm on Monday.He said they held meeting with the administration and leaders of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA), Chattogram unit.
“We postponed the strike temporarily following assurance from the administration of fulfilling our demands including carrying out mobile court drives more carefully. We will now continue the medical services,” he said.
Mentionable, the association announced suspension of all sorts of medical services and private practices at private clinics and diagnostic centers protesting a mobile court drive of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) that unearthed huge irregularities at ‘Max Hospital and Diagnostics Limited’ on Sunday.
The sudden suspension of medical services forced the patients to face untold sufferings when rushed to the private hospitals and diagnostic centres for medication.
Patients and their relatives were seen leaving private hospitals while some admitted patients were also allegedly refused to provide treatment after announcement of the strike.
The situation continued till Monday morning putting a huge pressure on government hospitals including Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH), the largest government hospital in Chattogram division.While visiting the CMCH on Monday morning, this correspondent found pressure of huge patients at different wards.
Physicians and nurses were seen struggling to manage the overflow of patients. Many patients were kept at corridors after failing to accommodate inside ward or cabin.
Abdul Razzak Fahad, elder brother of patient Abdul Ahad who has been undergoing treatment on the fourth floor of the CMCH, told the daily sun that left leg of his younger brother got fractured in a road accident at Banshkhali upazila in the district on Sunday.
They rushed him to a private hospital in the city’s GEC intersection area, but the hospital authority refused to admit him, he said.
“Finding no alternative we brought Ahad at the CMCH where his leg was plastered at night,” he said sitting beside his brother’s bed at corridor of Orthopaedic Ward.
Expressing resentment over the sudden strike, he said general people of the country are hostage to some dishonest physicians.
Another attendant Nizam Uddin who hailed from Hathazari upazila in the district said he took his septuagenarian mother to the hospital with respiratory problem on Sunday night. “As private hospitals refused to admit my mother we brought her at the CMCH,” he said.
Contacted, CMCH Deputy Director (DD) Dr Akhtarul Islam said they took sufficient measures to tackle additional pressure of patients following announcement of the strike.
He said they have capacity of accommodating some 2,500 patients on bed and corridor.
‘Additional manpower was also engaged at some wards including cardiology, orthopaedic and medicine to manage overflow of the patients,” said the DD.
Mentionable, the mobile court led by Executive Magistrate Sarwoer Alam of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) started drive at several hospitals at around 11:30am on Sunday.
The mobile court found huge irregularities at Max Hospital in Mehedibag area and fined Tk 10 lakh. During the drive the owners association announced for strike stopping all medical services.
The mobile court also fined Tk 4 lakh to CSCR Hospital at OR Nizam Road on different charges on Sunday.
Mentionable, Rafida Khan Raifa, two and a-half year-old daughter of daily ‘Samakal’ Chattogram bureau Senior Reporter Rubel Khan, was admitted to the Max Hospital on June 28 with throat pain.
The baby died at the hospital in the night of June 29. The family and organisations of journalists alleged that the baby died of wrong treatment and negligence by physicians at the hospital.