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Country has 1027 unlicensed, 15233 licensed health care facilities

DGHS chief sends report to the Attorney General Office in compliance with HC order

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There are a total of 1,027 privately-owned unlicensed health care facilities, including hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers and blood banks, across the country, according to a report of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The report also says there are a total of 15,233 privately-owned licensed hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers and blood banks in the country.

Director General of the DGHS has sent the report to the Attorney General Office in compliance with a High Court (HC) order.

A state lawyer on Sunday placed the report before the High Court bench of Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam and Md Atabullah.

The High Court bench asked the state lawyer to submit the report as an affidavit and fixed February 18 for further proceedings in the case.

Following a writ petition, the High Court bench on January 15 this year issued a rule and asked the DG of DGHS to submit a list of the hospitals with license and without license to it whigin one month.

It also asked the DG of DGHS to submit a list of the patients who died at the United Medical College Hospital in Dhaka due to mishandling and negligence of its doctors within three months.

Supreme Court lawyer A B M Shahjahan Akand Masum filed the writ petition with the High Court seeking necessary directives to investigate the death of five-year-old Ayaan at the United Medical College Hospital.

Lawyer A B M Shahjahan Akand Masum himself argued in support of his petition while Deputy Attorney General Tushar Kanti Roy represented the state.

Ayaan, a nursery student at a private school in the capital passed away following a circumcision procedure conducted at United Medical College Hospital in the capital's Badda area.

Ayaan's father Shamim Ahmed alleged that the hospital's mishandling led to the loss of life of his child.

On 31 December last year, Ayaan was circumcised under full anaesthesia at United Medical College Hospital in Satarkul of Badda, allegedly without consent of his parents.

He was transferred to the hospital's Gulshan branch from there as he did not regain consciousness even after a few hours of the operation.

After seven days of keeping him on life support in the paediatric intensive care unit, the doctors declared Ayaan dead in the early hours of January 7. The hospital authorities handed over Ayaan's body to his family around 4:35 pm on the day.

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