The dental unit at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) was on Sunday declared closed for indefinite period only two months after its inauguration.
Acute shortage of doctors, medicine and food for patients has forced the RMCH authorities to close the dental unit, official sources said.
The patients undergoing treatment at the unit suffered a lot as they were released the same day, according to hospital sources.The dental unit at the hospital had been facing various problems including lack of doctors, medicine and food for patients since its inception.
The authorities had managed to take classes for the students of dental science with only the teachers on deputation, official sources said. The RMCH director, Brigadier General Khademul Islam Mohammed Iqbal, said that from now on admission of patients to the dental unit is not allowed. Classes for the students on dental science, however, will continue, he added.
Some sources at the hospital alleged that the RMCH authorities closed the dental unit due to conflicts among the doctors at the unit. The patients underwent immense sufferings following the abrupt closure of the unit.
Most of the patients were admitted to different clinics Sunday night and the remaining ones passed the night on the footpath in front of the hospital. Abul Hossian of Bagmara in Rajshahi said his wife was admitted to the dental unit on Saturday for operation. ‘My wife was released without operation putting me in a state of anxiety,’ he added.
Meanwhile, Rajshahi Rakkah Sangram Parishad, a social organisation, protested at the closure of the dental unit at the hospital. The Parishad demanded that the RMCH authorities should immediately reopen the unit.
Source: The Commercial Times