Dumping of unborn babies an ‘insult to humanity’

2 suspended for the mindless act

Staff Correspondent

19th February, 2019 10:27:19 printer

Two staff members of `the Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital in Barishal (SMCHB) have been suspended for the mindless act of dumping unborn babies (fetuses) in the waste bin and described as an “insult to humanity.

“It (dumping bodies of the 31) was a terrible act. Already Gynecology department head and a ward boy of the hospital have been suspended for their involvement in the incident,” Prof. Dr. Md. Ali Khan, Director (Hospital) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told the Daily Sun in capital Dhaka.

He said the bodies were preserved at the Gynecology department of the SMCHB for use of by the students of the college for their practical classes. “The incident is an insult to humanity and we condemned those who were involved in the act.”

Khan added that a three-member probe committee has been asked to submit their report immediately. “After getting the report, we will take further action.”

The bodies of 31 unborn babies were found dumped in a garbage tank of Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) in Barishal on Monday night, triggering widespread condemnation of the mindless act.

The SMCHB sources said the hospital authority has suspended Gynecology department head Khurshid Jahan and ward in-charge of the same department Josna Begum in the incident .  At the same time, the hospital authority also has formed a separate probe body headed by Johirul Haque, head of surgery department of the SMCHB. The other members of the committee are pathology department head Foyjul Bashar and Forensic Department professor Imtiaz Uddin of the hospital.  The probe body has been asked to submit report within three days, hospital sources added.

An emergency meeting of the hospital authority with the SMCHB Director Baqir Hossain in the chair was held at the hospital on Tuesday and the mindless incident was discussed with possible punitive measures. Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque was angry when he learned of the incident and ordered tough punishment for those found guilty.