CHATTOGRAM: The haphazard parking of vehicles in and around Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) is causing immense sufferings for patients.
Hospital sources said a large number of vehicles, especially motorbikes, are parked at the CMCH entry and exit points every day.Although an area for parking has been fixed, many vehicles are kept parked in an undisciplined way, they added.
Many patients and CMCH officials said that ambulances cannot enter the hospital quickly due to a lack of traffic discipline.
The parking is intensifying sufferings of the patients while their attendants face trouble in moving to and from the state-run hospital, they said.
The hospital authorities tried to bring discipline through placing some concrete-cones there, but drivers hardly paid heed to the measures.
Many drivers alleged that they suffer much to drop patients due to the haphazard parking of motorbikes on the hospital premises.
They have demanded restoration of discipline through systematic parking of vehicles at the largest healthcare providing institution.Sub Inspector Jahirul Islam, in charge of CMCH Police Camp, told the Daily Sun that at least 500 motorbikes of medical representatives are kept parked in and around the hospital complex during the peak hours every day.
“Bringing discipline is the responsibility of the hospital authorities. The traffic department doesn’t take action as the hospital is situated away from the main road,” he added.
Although there is a big place for parking, none forces drivers to park vehicles there, SI Jahirul said.
When contacted, CMCH Deputy Director Dr Aktarul Islam admitted that many patients suffer due to traffic mismanagement on the hospital premises.
“We don’t have additional manpower for traffic management. However, we took an initiative to lease an area for parking to third party for bringing discipline,” he said.
“But we stepped back from the decision as we were directed to prepare a plan to turn the hospital into a 4,000-bed one,” the deputy director also said.
The land which was supposed to be leased for parking will be required for the extension of the hospital, Dr Aktarul said. He also said that they will try to bring traffic mismanagement under control. The 1,313-bed hospital provides healthcare services for some 3,000 patients indoors while several thousand patients throng there to take outdoor services every day.