Medical services for SUST students stopped...

SUST hunger strike

Medical services for SUST students stopped

 SUST Correspondent

 Published: 03:49 PM, 25 January 2022   Updated: 05:05 PM, 25 January 2022

Press conference of the protesting students

Press conference of the protesting students

The medical team of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital (SOMCH), that was deployed at the strike site to provide medical services to the students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) who are on hunger strike demanding the resignation of the SUST VC, has stopped providing services.

The protesting students gave this information in an emergency press briefing at around 2:30 am on Monday. 

Citing doctors, Ariful Islam, a spokesman for the protesting students, said the condition of all the students on hunger strike was “deteriorating” and they were “slowly dying”. They are all suffering from various “physical complications” including convulsions, low oxygen and sugar levels in the blood, and blood pressure. They are at risk of “organ damage”.

After analyzing the medical reports of the hunger strikers, the senior doctors further said if the hunger strike is prolonged, “there is a possibility of going into a coma with heart failure” at any moment, Ariful Islam further said.

We are very concerned about why these students are not getting medical support even at the juncture of life and death, he added.

A spokesman for the protesters told reporters that a doctor at SOMCH hospital was volunteering to help students on hunger strike and that there were ambulances to transport critically ill patients.

On January 13, the movement to demand the resignation of the provost turned to the movement to demand the resignation of the SUST VC. Due to the movement for the last 13 days, an unrest atmosphere has been prevailing on the campus. 

Meanwhile, the VC was given an ultimatum to resign voluntarily till noon on Wednesday. As the VC did not resign within that period, 24 students are continuing their hunger strike. As part of the mass hunger strike, 5 more students have started a new hunger strike. If the VC does not resign, they will continue their hunger strike.