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12:00 AM, February 05, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:05 AM, February 05, 2019

'Their deaths are not connected'

Rajshahi DC, civil surgeon visit Bohroil village after 6 die in 8 days

The civil surgeon of Rajshahi along with a medical team visited Bohroil village in the district yesterday to assess the situation and calm locals after six villagers died in last eight days for unrelated reasons.

“There is nothing to panic,” said Dr Sanjib Kumar Saha.

A seven-member team of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), including experts from the Institute of Epidemiology, Diseases Control and Research (IEDCR) and an anthropologist accompanied him.

“People became nervous by the recurring deaths,” said the civil surgeon.

Rajshahi deputy commissioner, who was accompanying the doctors, said the medical team would visit all 300 houses in the village under Tanore upazila to check villagers' health.

Meanwhile, seven villagers were admitted to the upazila health complex with palpitation-related issues after the sixth villager -- Imam Ali Babu, a 35-year-old quack -- died on Sunday.

In the early hours of January 27, three persons -- a newborn, Noorjahan Begum Nuri, 80, a beggar, and Jonab Ali, 50, a farmer, passed away.

The three-day-old boy, born at seven months, fell sick and died, said his father Mohammad Rubel.

Nuri was bedridden for nearly a year with broken leg, said neighbours. Jonab Ali's wife said her husband went to bed as usual and died while asleep.

Another farmer, Shamsher Ali, 70, died the next day, suffering from severe chest pain for a week. On February 2, Rahela Begum, 55, died in her sleep.

“The deceased had reasons behind their deaths,” said Dr Abdullahel Maruf Faruque, head of the medical team.

“Some were suffering from heart ailments, some had asthma and other chronic diseases. Their deaths are not connected… they were not taken to the right places for treatment,” the doctor added.

Visiting the village yesterday, this correspondent, while talking to locals, found out that the village had no nearby medical facility. The nearest government health complex is 18km away.


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