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Children among 8 hurt as plaster falls off hospital

Our Correspondent, Noakhali
Children among 8 hurt as plaster falls off hospital
A chunk of plaster of the paediatric ward of Noakhali 250-bed General Hospital roof falls on children inpatients and attendants yesterday, injuring at least eight. Star Mail Photo

At least eight people, including five children, were injured when a large chunk of ceiling plaster fell off Noakhali 250-bed General Hospital yesterday morning. The incident took place at 6:30am in Unit 2 of Children Ward-4, said Humayun Kabir, Assistant director of Maijdee fire service and civil defence office.

A fire service team rescued the victims with the assistance of the hospital authorities, adds UNB. The injured are Ibrahim, 50, Sumaiya Bani, 12, Ismail, 5, Imam Uddin, a five-month-old boy, Russel, 16, Rasheda, 35, Rafi, a two and half year old boy, and Parul Begum, 45.

Hospital Superintendent Dr Khalilur Rahman said Ismail's condition was critical since the plaster fell on his head. He has been shifted to Comilla Medical College Hospital. Fariduddin Ahmed, assistant director of the Noakhali hospital, blamed the ceiling collapse on the building’s dilapidated condition.

The building, one of the three belonging to the hospital, was constructed in 1967. Superintendent Dr Rahman claimed that it had been identified as risky “but not declared unfit for use”.

Quamrul Islam, executive engineer of Public Works Department, disagreed. He said the building was initially identified as risky and then deemed unfit for use. “A letter was sent to the hospital authorities three years ago in this regard,” he said.

 

 

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