Death at United Hospital

Victims’ families make murder allegation

Staff Correspondent

30 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The family members of five victims, who died in the fire incident at United Hospital in the capital recently, have brought an allegation against the hospital authorities of murdering their patients.

They alleged that their patients died in the fire as they showed utter negligence to douse the fire timely.

The affected family members also demanded proper investigation and exemplary punishment to delinquent hospital officials. A fire raged through makeshift corona isolation unit in the extended part of the United Hospital on Wednesday night.

Of the deceased, Reazul Alam got admitted to the corona isolation unit with a slight shortness of breath on Wednesday afternoon and he was burned alive within a few hours.

His wife Fouzia Akhter Jeni said: “My husband was suffering from a slight breathing problem. He was given oxygen support. He was not taken to ICU, but hospital told us a lie.”

Alleging inconsistent and mysterious role of the hospital management, she said five patients including her husband were killed.

Mohammad Alamgir, son of another deceased Khodeza Begum, said his mother tested corona negative but hospital authority did not release her to quench its thirst for money.

“The hospital authorities did not take the needful steps timely. It seemed to us that isolation centre was being run by unprofessional people and lower staffs,” he said.

Despite request by relatives to shift Khodeza Begum to the main building, the hospital authorities did not do it, he alleged.

Andrew Anthony, son of another victim Verun Anthony said his father was tested corona negative twice but the hospital did not release him pushing him towards tragic death.

Mahbub Elahi Chowdhury, who died in the fire, was also tested corona negative for two times.

His younger brother Nayeem Ahmed Zulhas accused the hospital authority of planned murder, not culpable homicide.

“The hospital authority should be charged with murder and punished accordingly,” he said.

After the fire incident, DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam, Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) chief and CID officials visited the spot and blamed negligence of the hospital authority for the deaths of five patients.