Stressing the need for improving the fire fighting capabilities at all government hospitals, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Friday said the fire incident at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital (SSMCH) is a lesson for all concerned.
"Now it’s a must to improve the fire fighting capabilities of all government hospitals," he said at a press briefing on the fire accident at SSMCH held at his Baridhara residence.
The Minister said that all the electrical connections and the damaged sections of the hospital will be examined to find out the reason behind the accident.
The Health and the Home Ministries formed two separate committees to investigate whether a short-circuit caused the fire or something else.
'Out of the 18 units of the hospital, only two- Gynecology and Pediatrics- are closed for now as they were the most damaged," he added.
The Minister hoped that the hospital will be fully operational soon.
"In all government hospitals fire-fighting equipment will be checked regularly. Safety Drills will be conducted at regular intervals," the minister said.
Director General of the Health Directorate Abul Kalam Azad was also present at the briefing.
On Thursday, a fire broke out at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College in the afternoon which was doused after around four hours. The fire allegedly originated at a storeroom on the first floor of a new building of the hospital.
Around 180 patients of the hospital have been shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) after the fire incident.