Director (public relations) of Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM), and poet, Farid Kabir expressed his anger towards the concerned authorities managing the novel coronavirus pandemic in Bangladesh for their mismanagement after his mother, Meena Shahid, died of the virus on Thursday, May 25.
Farid Kabir shared this in a social media post on Facebook that he published on Sunday afternoon.
Farid Kabir expressed his rage towards the officials of the Department of Health and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) as his mother died without receiving proper medical treatment at the novel coronavirus facility to which she was admitted.
Farid Kabir Said, "I still believe that if the situation was normal, I would not have lost my mother. She could have received proper treatment which she did not get."
"The officials of the MoHFW and Department of Health should be held accountable for the deaths of the people who died exhibiting symptoms of the novel coronavirus in the last two months."
"They should also be held accountable for keeping private hospitals away from providing novel coronavirus detection test facilities and treatment," added Farid.
He said that most of the novel coronavirus treatment facilities do not have adequate resources to treat patients and getting admission into these facilities is so tough that very few patients can access them.
He said that people who are responsible for such mismanagement should be held accountable as soon as possible and an investigation committee to look into the matter must be formed as well.
Farid further expressed his anger about the mismanagement by doctors and said that the medical community is also responsible for the dilapidated state of the healthcare system.
Farid said, "Now the duty of treating patients has fallen on to the shoulders of young and junior doctors. Almost none of the senior doctors are going to the hospitals right now."
"During such a terrible war none of them are on the ground and it cannot be like this," added Farid.
He said that most of the senior doctors are not going to their workplaces fearing for their health.
He said that if any of the senior doctors are at risk of Covid-19 infection, they should supervise treatment of patients via online platforms through their mobile phones and laptops.
He said that being absent from the field is not acceptable and the doctors who are not performing their duties properly must be identified by the Bangladesh Medical and Dental council, then have their licenses revoked.
Farid ended his social media post saying that the health ministry and its people have created a situation far worse than the novel coronavirus itself has created and requested this mismanagement end.
He urged the families of the people whose loved ones have died, in circumstances similar to those of his mother, to come forward and act against the people responsible for this mismanagement and help bring them to justice.