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Inhumane!

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  • 14 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Inhumane!

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A doctor detected a tumour in the abdomen of a woman in Manikganj while conducting cesarean section. He demanded additional Tk 3,000 from her family to remove it and her husband sought a few hours for paying the amount.

However, the doctor rejected the pleas and closed the incision in her abdomen keeping the tumour inside.

Dr Khairul Hasan, managing director of Doctor’s Clinic, committed the act to Afroja Akhter, wife of Nayeem Islam of Nayadingi village in Saturia upazila, at Health Care Medical Centre Hospital in the district town early Saturday.

On information, acting Civil Surgeon of the district Dr Lutfar Rahman formed a three-member committee to look into the incident.

Nayeem said he took his pregnant wife to the hospital on Friday noon for delivery.

“She was taken to the operation theatre around 2:00am on Saturday. The hospital authorities called in Dr Khairul Hasan, MD of nearby Doctor’s Clinic, and Dr Ashik for cesarean section,” he said.

“My wife gave birth to a daughter through the surgery. During the operation, the doctors found a tumour in her abdomen. Informing us of the matter, Dr Khairul said additional  Tk 3,000 will have to be paid for removing the tumour,” Nayeem said, adding that he agreed to pay the amount and sought time till morning, urging the doctors to perform the surgery.

“But Dr Khairul demanded that the money be paid instantly. I tried my best to arrange the money but failed. Then Dr Khairul sewed the wound in the abdomen of my wife without removing the tumour,” he said.

Nayeem said the hospital staffers also urged Dr Khairul to remove the tumour, but he paid no heed to their call. “I can’t imagine that a doctor can do such an act only for Tk 3,000. It hurts me that my wife will have to undergo another operation for removal of the abnormal cell,” he said.

Habibur Rahman, manager of Heath Care Medical Centre Hospital, said, “One of the relatives of the patient informed me of the matter over phone. I then went to Dr Khairul and requested him to remove the tumour assuring him that I would pay the money if the patient’s family members can’t.”

“But he paid no heed to my words and sewed the wound in the abdomen keeping the tumour inside. It’s an inhuman act. The image of my hospital got tarnished for it,” he said.

Contacted, Dr Khairul said, “I can demand additional money when I’ll have to perform another operation during a surgery.”

He, however, said the patient might have needed to be made unconsciousness again for removal of the tumour which might have caused problem for her. So, the tumour was not removed. It’s not an emergency. The tumour can be removed through another operation later,” he said.

Dr Lutfar Rahman, acting civil surgeon of the district, told the Daily Sun that he heard the matter and formed a three-member probe body with Dr Ruma Akhter, senior consultant of Sadar Hospital, as its chief.

The investigation committee has been asked to submit its report within seven working days, he said, adding that action will be taken against Dr Khairul if the allegation is found to be true.