The High Court on Sunday summoned three people, including the Civil Surgeon of Patuakhali, to appear before it on August 1 to explain the incident of leaving a surgical instrument inside the abdomen of a woman during a cesarian operation.
An HC bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque asked Patuakhali Civil Surgeon, head of the gynaecology department of Barisal Medical College and Hospital and the owner of Niramoy Clinic in Baufall to appear before the court on August 1 and explain the incident.
The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the allegation of negligence of duty should not be brought against them for their negligence of duty.
The Health Secretary, head of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and seven others were made respondents to the rule, which is returnable in four weeks.
On July 22, a report on ‘gauze found in the abdomen after three months of surgery’ was published in a daily.
A Supreme Court lawyer, Shahid Ullah, drew the attention of the court on the report on Sunday.
According to the report, Maksuda Begum, 25, gave birth to a baby girl after the cesarian operation at Niramoy Clinic in Baufall Upazila of Patuakhali in March.
After one month of her surgery, she went to the clinic with acute abdominal pain. Later, she was admitted to Barisal Medical College Hospital with fever.
On July 12, Maksuda again underwent a surgery at the hospital where doctors found a piece of gauze inside her abdomen.