S.A Shofiee, Sylhet :: The government today ordered investigations into the overnight deaths of 32 people including
10 newborn children at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital (SMCH) forming two
committees, one being at the level of health and family welfare ministry.
“The committees have been formed at the directive of health and family welfare minister
Mohammad Nasim to investigate if the deaths were abnormal,” state minister for the ministry
Zahid Malek told a press briefing at his office at the secretariat.
He said a joint secretary of the ministry was heading a three-member committee to look into the
matter and “if any abnormality is found, the government will take necessary steps”.
Health Secretary Syed Manjurul Islam, Director General of the Department of Health Prof Dr
Din Mohammad Nurul Haq and Director General of the Department of Family Welfare Noor
Hossen Talukder also were present at the briefing.
Thirty two inmates of the facility, 10 of them being newborn babies died in 24 hours at the
SMCH, sparking speculations and worries prompting the hospital authorities to constitute
immediately a four-member committee on Tuesday with a senior doctor as its head to investigate
into the deaths.
“Five of the 10 babies were neonatal who were born only on yesterday … the oldest among the
children was a one-and-half year old child,” a SMCH official earlier told newsmen at the scene.
The parents of the newborn babies and relatives of the other dead tended to blame “doctors’
negligence” for the deaths.