A doctor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) was suspended yesterday following an allegation of physically harassing a teenage female patient.
Saiful Islam, junior consultant of Department of Ophthalmology, allegedly harassed the patient at the outdoor department of the hospital around 11:15am.
BSMMU Director Brig Abdul Bhuiyan said the victim had already left the hospital when the complaint was tendered. Based on the verbal complaint of the patient’s sister, the accused was suspended around 12:00 pm, as the issue is very sensitive.
A nine-member committee headed by Controller Prof Nurjahan Begum has been formed to investigate the matter. The committee was asked to submit its report within seven working days.
The patient’s sister Maksuda later lodged a written complaint with the hospital authorities around 4:00pm, in which she mentioned herself as a student of Dhaka University but did not incorporate the names of her department and the patient.
Meanwhile, Saiful Islam denied the allegation saying that he just helped the patient turn at the vision board.
A general diary (GD) was filed with Shahbagh Police Station in connection with the harassment.
According to the GD, Maksuda and her sister went to the outdoor department of ophthalmology around 9:15am and that Duty doctor Saiful Islam physically harassed the patient there.