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Death of youths sparks violence at SMCH

By Correspondent

SILCHAR, July 29 � Yet another incident of patients� deaths at the casualty resulted in vandalism and violence at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital.

It is learnt that Joynal Uddin (38), a resident of Buribail and Rajib Uddin Laskar (35), a resident of Topkhana suffered severe injuries in a bike accident near Tarapur-Shibbari road while returning home late on Sunday night. While both were rushed to SMCH, Joynal died after a while. The relatives of Rajib decided to shift him for better treatment to a nearby nursing home but had to come back to SMCH as the nursing home refused to admit him. After some time, Rajib too succumbed to his injuries.

Meanwhile, the relatives of both Rajib and Joynal complained of a lacklustre attitude on the part of the attending doctors which caused the death of the youths. The situation turned volatile as the relatives of the deceased youths got into a verbal duel with the doctors and hospital staff. And in no time, vandalism took place inside the Radiology and Casualty departments in which as many as 15 people including four doctors, one of Joynal�s brothers and some security guards were seriously injured. Joynal�s brother is reported to be admitted in the hospital.

On the other hand, Dr Mrinal Kanti Dey, the Superintendent of SMCH submitted his resignation following the incident. In his letter to the Director of Health Services, Assam, Dr Dey stated his inability to run the administration of the hospital as the Superintendent. He said that the frequent attacks on the hospital doctors and staff by the relatives and family members of the patients who die despite the best efforts of the doctors has been a cause of concern for the hospital management in the recent times.

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