Mahmud Ali Ratul, a prominent industrialist and social worker and former vice-president of Hatia Upazila Awami League in Noakhali, has shown some improvement in his physical condition. On Sunday, he was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Evercare Hospital in Dhaka. Earlier on Saturday, he was kept in Saif Support. Coronavirus has been found in his body.
Mahmud Ali Ratul’s personal assistant Ali Haider Jisan said he (Ratul) fell ill while on business in Chittagong last week. He then returned to Dhaka and gave samples to the lab for coronavirus testing. On March 30, he was diagnosed with coronavirus. From then on, he was receiving treatment at his home as per the doctor’s advice. He was admitted to Evercare Hospital on Friday after his condition deteriorated at home. On the same day, he was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital. He was kept in Saif Support on Saturday morning. He was transferred from Saif Support to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Sunday morning as his oxygen level continued to rise.
Citing doctors, Ali Haider Jisan said that dialysis was being given to prevent coronavirus infection in the blood of Mahmud Ali Ratul. Meanwhile, milad and prayer mahfils were organized at various mosques, madrasas and various religious institutions in Hatiyar of Dwip Upazila seeking Ratul’s recovery.
Mahmud Ali Ratul has been contributing to the expansion of education and medical services in Dwip Upazila Hatia on his own initiative for a long time. He is the president of Hatia Janakalyan Samiti. He is the younger brother of Shaheed Mostafa Ali Dulal in the great war of liberation.
Contempt of court notices have been issued to the Department of Health and the Director General of the Department of Prisons alleging disobedience of court orders in appointing doctors in prisons across the country and giving false information to the court. Supreme Court lawyer said. JR Khan Robin sent the notice on Sunday.
Within 15 days of receiving the notice, a request has been made to take necessary steps to appoint 118 interim doctors in the jail as per the court order. Otherwise, contempt of court will be filed against them, the notice said. The notice was sent on March 4, citing a report published in the daily Kaler Kantha under the headline ‘Doctor in jail’.
According to the notice, 6 jails in the country have a capacity of 40,064 inmates but in many cases there are 2/3 times more inmates. On the other hand, there were only 9 doctors as against 141 prison doctors. In order to implement the basic rights of prisoners, said the lawyer. JR Khan Robin filed a writ petition in the public interest. The High Court ruled on the writ petition on June 23, 2019. He directed the jail authorities to inform the court about the overall matter. Following this, on January 20, 2020, the High Court directed the DG of the Department of Health to immediately appoint 116 doctors to the vacant posts.
In this situation, on January 17 this year, the jail authorities informed the High Court in writing that 122 doctors are employed in different jails of the country as against 141 posts. Of these, 28 are employed in Dhaka division, 6 in Mymensingh division, 18 in Rajshahi division, 11 in Rangpur division, 18 in Chittagong division, 18 in Sylhet division, 18 in Khulna division and 10 in Barisal division. Out of 122 people, 6 are in deputation and 105 are in phases.
Lawyer said. JR Khan (Robin) said that a news about this was published in the daily Kaler Kantha on March 4. According to the report, there are still 134 vacancies for doctors in the jail. If this report is true, the DG of the Department of Health has disobeyed the court order by not appointing a doctor in the jail as per the court order. At the same time the prison authorities are concerned about the appointment of doctors
Their work is also contempt of court for not providing accurate information. So a contempt of court notice has been sent against them.