Govt will bear treatment costs of Keraniganj fire victims: Zahid


12th December, 2019 05:36:36 printer

Govt will bear treatment costs of Keraniganj fire victims: Zahid

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque today said that the government will bear the treatment costs of all people injured in Wednesday’s deadly fire at a plastic factory in Keraniganj area.

He made the announcement while briefing the journalists after visiting the fire victims undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the city.

“So far, 10 people have died out of the 32 fire victims taking treatment at the DMCH. The conditions of the remaining others are also critical,” the minister said, adding 10 of them incurred about 100 percent burn injury.

Replying to a question on whether the building owners would be brought under trial, Zahid said, “Most of the building owners did not follow the government instructions in building mill-factories. It cannot be tolerated anymore”.

The government will put pressure on building owner for realizing compensations for the fire victims, he added.

DMCH Director Brigadier General AKM Nasir Uddin, Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute Chief Coordinator Dr Samanta Lal Sen and Bangladesh Medicine Society (BMS) General Secretary Dr Ahmedul Kabir were present at the briefing, among others.