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4 January, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Oral saline factory in Jhenidah lies in ruins

Our Correspondent, Jhenidah
Oral saline factory in Jhenidah lies in ruins
The building was constructed for an oral saline factory at Madan Mohonpara in Jhenidah district eleven years back. The factory has not started functioning yet. INDEPENDENT PHOTO

Four years after the oral saline factory at Madanmohanpara in Jhenidah district town was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, it is yet to start functioning.

In fact, the factory, which was built at a cost of nearly Tk. 1 crore, now lies in ruins. Different parts of the building and the equipment have been damaged.

Civil surgeon office sources said that former BNP lawmaker and the then president of the Ministry of Health, Moshiur Rahman, took the initiative to build the oral saline factory in 2004 for diarrhoea patients. Also, Tk. 9,839,680 was allotted for the construction. The construction, which began in 2006, was completed in 2012. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the factory on October 8, 2013.

However, the building is now in a shambles: bricks keep falling off and the paint has faded. Doors and windows have been damaged. Electrical equipment like fans and lights are rusting.

Requesting anonymity, a local youth said the rundown factory has become a haven for drug addicts and stalkers.

Abu Taher, president of the Nagorik Sachetan Committee (SANAK) of Jhenidah, said: “The factory was built for public health. It is unfortunate that it remains unutilised due to the negligence of the health ministry.”

Jhenidah civil surgeon Dr Rasheda Sultana said: “Around one lakh packets of oral saline are needed in the district every month. We get them from Jessore. A letter has been sent to the authority concerned to appoint 53 employees, including a manager and a chemist.”

She added that had the factory started operating, even the demand of the neighbouring districts could have been met. She added that neither did they get the proper machinery nor was any employee ever appointed to the factory.

 

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