Turned Away By Hospitals: ‘Coffin procession’ in Sylhet protests death of patients | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 07, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:53 AM, June 07, 2020

Turned Away By Hospitals: ‘Coffin procession’ in Sylhet protests death of patients

A group of youths from different walks of life brought out a procession in Sylhet city yesterday, protesting the deaths of patients after being turned away by hospitals.

Carrying a coffin covered with white sheets and placards, they paraded through many streets before arranging a rally in the Chowhatta area.

Miftah Siddiqui, chairperson of Public Voice of Sylhet, said, "The vulnerability of the country's health system became transparent during this Covid-19 pandemic. Many people are dying as hospitals are denying them treatment," he alleged.

"We're protesting such incidents through our symbolic procession. Next time, we will start protesting in front of the hospital, which will deny patients treatment," he said.

A rally will be organised this morning in front of Sylhet Central Saheed Minar, he added. "We urge the deputy commissioner of Sylhet, civil surgeon and mayor to work together to take action against those hospitals involved in such misdeeds," he said.

So far, at least four people have died in the last one week in Sylhet city after being turned away by hospitals. The Daily Star has also published two reports regarding this issue.

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