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Salimullah Medical College closed sine die

Staff Correspondent

Salimullah Medical College located in Old Town of Dhaka was closed for an indefinite period on Wednesday in the wake of Tuesday’s clash involving staff, interns and students.
The students were asked to vacate their dormitories by Wednesday night.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the academic council, medical college principal Dilip Kumar Dhar told New Age.
He said that hundreds of patients were suffering a lot as medical services in Mitford Hospital were being hampered seriously for the second consecutive day on Wednesday following the clash.
Services at emergency ward, outdoor, surgery, operating theatre and pathology were disrupted as class III and IV employees were not available to provide patients with health services.
A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League activists, led by medical college unit secretary Shawon Das, staged a showdown with rods and machetes on the campus in presence of police.
At least 20 people were injured in a series of clashes between the interns, students and staff on Tuesday following a dispute over some medical tests.
The clash erupted when a pathology technician issued an HIV report instead of hepatitis C virus to an intern.
The interns stopped working, causing immense sufferings to a thousand patients undergoing treatment in the hospital, sources said.
During the clashes, around 650 staff fled the hospital premises in panic. Emergency and outdoor services were being disrupted since then.
Some of the staff said that they would not join their work until their security was ensured and the college dormitories vacated.
No patients had been admitted to the hospital since early Tuesday when the clash erupted.
Mahbubul Alam, acting director of Mitford Hospital, told New Age that they held meeting with the medical college principal, local lawmakers and law enforcement agencies.
‘We hope regular health services in the hospital will resume tomorrow (Thursday) morning,’ he said.
At least 2,000 patients receive treatment at outdoor and over 300 at emergency, but services are now being hampered seriously, he added.
Golam Mostafa, steward in the hospital said, ‘Since no staff is available, we are unable to provide food to patients.’
Md Jahangir, attendant of a patient, said that his daughter-in-law had been undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit for three days, but doctors could not conduct an operation as there was no staff.
The medical students said that they would not allow the authorities concerned to reopen the hospital if the staff did not seek apology.
Mrs Israt, an assistant professor of surgery department, told New Age that they were providing primary medical service to the patients. ‘But due to lack of staff, we cannot continue with proper treatment and major operation.’ 
Kotwali police officer-in-charge Shah Alam said that they were trying to tackle the situation peacefully.  

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