Health Desk -03 Jan 2020: The High Court on Thursday ordered the government to with-hold retirement benefits of Md Moarraf Hossen, outgoing director of the National Institute of Cancer Research & Hospital (NICRH), for not installing life support equipment in the facility’s Intensive Care Equipment (ICU).
The High Court has questioned the legality of non-installation of life support equipment in the ICU of the government-run cancer hospital.
A division bench comprising of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order on Thursday following a newspaper report.
Many critical patients are deprived of proper treatment for lack of life support facility at the ICU of NICRH.
The High Court issued the rule asking the government to explain why negligence in installing life support equipment in the NICRH shall not be declared illegal.
The health secretary will have to submit a probe report on the matter within a month.
Mentionable, about 1,08,000 cancer patients die every year in Bangladesh, says a report published by an international cancer research agency. The only hospital for poor cancer patients is NICRH in Bangladesh.