A 63-year-old woman suffering from breathing complications died in an ambulance Monday, after being refused admission or treatment at six hospitals in Sylhet.
The resident of Gogoltula in Sylhet city had been an asthma patient for past 35 years. She fell sick around midnight on Sunday and was taken to Al-Haramain Hospital in Sobhanighat area, said relatives.
The Emergency unit of the hospital suggested taking her to some other hospital as they don’t have an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
She was taken to another private hospital where she was again refused any treatment and instead suggested taking her to North-East Medical Hospital.
There, the hospital authorities said that they don’t have any oxygen supply for their patients.
She was next taken to the Mother and Child Hospital in Sobhanighat area - the 4th hospital of the night, for anyone keeping score - where doctors said they also don’t have any ICU facility.
Her family however did manage to buy a cylinder of oxygen from MCH, following a big row and much agitation - none of which should belong in a life-or-death situation.
The 5th hospital they tried was the Park View Medical College Hospital, where the on-duty doctor recommended taking her to the Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College & Hospital.
The family did as they were advised, but then at the Ragib-Rabeya Hospital, the on-duty doctor did an x-ray, observed her condition and suggested taking her to the Osmani Medical College and Hospital.
The woman who was suffering from extreme pain in her chest by now, was again shifted, but by the time they reached Osmani Medical College at 2:30am, she had passed away.
Doctors of Osmani Medical College declared her dead.
The elderly woman failed to get minimum treatment even though the government has directed the hospitals to provide proper treatment to patients during the coronavirus outbreak, said the relatives who were unwilling to disclose their identity.
Abdur Rahman, President of Traders’s Ayikko Kalyan Parishad, said hospitals continue to refuse to provide ailing patients treatment suspecting they are coronavirus patients.
This is an almost unheard of situation now prevailing in Bangladesh, something that goes against every grain of what we learn about medical professionals and have come to expect from hospitals as institutions.
“Simply out of humanity, all hospitals should seek to treat any patient who reaches their door,” said Abdur Rahman.
Thirteen people suffering from cold, fever and respiratory complications -symptoms similar to COVID-19 disease -died in Cumilla, Chandpur, Barishal, Jhalakathi, Chattogram and Faridpur on Monday.
In Cumilla, BNP president of Debidar Upazila unit Manirul Haque, 78, died in his house in Bijlipnaja village of Debidar upazila.
Upazila Health Officer Dr Ahammed Kabir said Manirul was suffering from fever for past few days and died on Monday.
His samples were collected for coronavirus test, he said.
In Chandpur, three people died in Sadar and Matlab Dakshin upazila early Monday.
Ashutosh Acharji, 70, a village doctor of sadar upazila died at 9:30 am, said Sadar Upazila health and family planning officer Begum Polin who also collected his samples for Covid-19 test.
Another man Parimal Biswash, 65, of Baburhat area in Sadar upazila also died with cold, fever and breathing problems.
His samples were also collected for coronavirus test, said Polin.
In Matlab Dakshin upazila, a garment worker Moni Begum, 35, also dies in her house in Ghilatoli area, Medical Officer Razib Kishore of Sadar Hospital.
In Barishal, three more people including an elderly man died in Sher e Bangla Medical College Hospital, said Hospital Director Dr Bakir Hossain.
The elderly man was admitted to the hospital on Sunday while two others died after their being admitted to the hospital on Monday, he said.
Samples were collected from the deceased for coronavirus test, Dr said.
In Jhalakathi, a primary school teacher Sakhawat Mollah, 56, of Kheyaghat area of Sadar upazila died in his house early Monday.
His samples were collected for Covid-19 test.
In Chattogram, four people including a cop suffering from cold, fever and respiratory problem died.
The deceased were police constable Mamun Uddin, 28, Hospital staff cleaner Hasina Begum, 60, Homeopathy doctor Mantu Kumar Sheel, 60, and Habibullah, 79.
Additional Commissioner of Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) Abu Bakar Siddique, physician of Chattogram General Hospital confirmed the matter.
Their samples were collected for Covid-19 test.
In Faridpur, a farmer Rubel Hossain who was infected with coronavirus died at his house in Krishnapur of Sadar upazila, said Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Purobi Goldar.
Three separate cases were filed against 14 people in connection with the deaths of 26 Bangladeshi nationals, who were killed in a gun attack in Libya on Thursday, in Madaripur district.
The family members of three victims of the gun attack from Madaripur who were killed in the gun attack, filed the cases with Rajoir and Sadar Police Station under the Human Trafficking Act on Sunday night.
Shawkat Zahan, officer-in-charge of Rajoir Police Station, said two separate cases were filed over the Libya gun attack that claimed the lives of 26 Bangladeshi nationals. Most of the victims hailed from Madaripur district.
Razzak Hawladar, father of the deceased Jewel, filed a case against four people - including an alleged member of the human trafficking gang in Madaripur, while Syed Khalashi, brother of deceased Rahim Khalashi, filed another case against seven people including the same alleged Bangladeshi member of the gang - Julhash Sheikh, son of Majid Sheikh of Madaripur.
Locals attacked Julhash’s home in Madaripur the day after news of the macabre killings broke last Thursday, but police rushed to the spot and took Julhash to the relative safety of the coronavirus isolation ward at Madaripur Sadar Hospital, on the pretext of COVID-19 symptoms.
He has since apparently been diagnosed with the disease.
Quamrul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said Abdul Halim Mia, father of the victim Mohammad Shamim of Dudhkhali union, filed the case against three people.
Police arrested two people, including Dina Begum, the wife of another broker, Nazrul Islam, in this connection on Sunday night.
The parents of murdered Jewel Hawladar said, “My son went to Libya three to four months back through the human trafficking gang in exchange of Tk 3-4 lakh. But they tortured him after confining him in Benghazi city. Later, the gang demanded Tk 10 lakh more from them and sent a recording of my son’s voice asking for the ransom money. We even gave the money to broker Julhash but they killed my son.”
Shah Alam Hawladar, father of Manik Hawladar, said “I gave Tk 4 lakh to Julhash but they demanded Tk 10 lakh more. To bring my son back I gave them Tk 10 lakh.”
Some 26 Bangladeshi citizens were killed while 11 others were injured in a gun attack by some human traffickers on Thursday in the desert town of Mizdah, some 180km from Tripoli.
All the Bangladeshi nationals were buried in Mizdah, said M Ashraful Islam, Counsellor (Labour wing) at Bangladesh Embassy in Libya on Sunday.
Three people including a father-son duo were killed in two separate lightning strikes in two villages of Tetulia upazila on Monday.
The deceased were identified as Md Mohammad Ali, 55, his son Anisur Rahman, 35, of Khuniagas village, and Ripon Islam, 14, son of Mansur Alam of Chilapara village of the upazila.
In Khuniagas village, Ali and his son were cutting paddy in the field when a thunderbolt struck them leaving them severely injured.
On being taken to the Sadar Hospital, the on-duty doctor declared them dead, according to Dr Md Atahar Siddique, a Medical Officer at the hospital.
Besides, in Chilapara village, Ripon was fetching their poultry ducks from the field when he was struck.
He was rushed to Debiganj Upazila Health Complex, where a doctor declared him dead, said Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Dr Hasinur Rahman.
Police arrested three youths from Mouhali village in Ghior upazila on Sunday night in a case filed over gang- rape of a woman.
The arrestees are—Wasim Hossain, 20, Rakib Hossain and Redwan, 20 of the village.
According to the case statement, when the woman went to a shop for recharging his mobile, Wasim took her to a quiet place saying that he will talk to her.
Later, Wasim along with his 7/8 accomplices raped the woman.
Ashraful Alam, officer-in-charge of Ghior Police Station, said that the woman filed the case at night and then they arrested the three accused.
Meanwhile, the woman was sent to district hospital for medical test, said the OC.