Police in Chattogram have finally recorded as a case the complaint of journalist Rubel Khan over the death of his two and a half years old daughter Raifa Khan allegedly due to negligence by doctors three weeks ago, Agencies report.
The charges brought against them include negligence in duty causing death, destroying evidence, encouraging crimes and committing crime in collusion.
Rubel, a senior correspondent at the Chattogram Bureau of the Daily Samakal, had threatened to fast until death as the police had refused to record the case when he filed the complaint on Wednesday.
After Raifa died due to alleged wrong treatment at the hospital on June 29, Rubel told bdnews24.comthat she had been admitted to the hospital because she had a throat ache due to a cold and was refusing to eat.
“They gave her antibiotics and she expressed discomfort. The hospital administration was informed and they suggested contacting a child specialist.”
Amid continued protests by the journalists’ unions, the government formed an investigation committee, which found 11 types of irregularities at the hospital.
The 150-bed hospital did not apply for licence renewal and has no specific information about the appointment of specialist doctors, cleaners and other staff, according to the investigators.
The investigation also found that all three doctors were guilty of negligence and recommended that legal proceedings be initiated against them.
A lack of experience and sincerity were noted among the doctors when Raifa began having intense seizures, according to the committee’s report.
Though the nurses attending to her were sincere, they did not have the capacity or knowledge to handle the situation, it added.