Akij Group’s hospital plan in city protested

Staff Correspondent

29 March, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Approximately 500 local people demonstrated on a road in Tejgaon area of the capital on Saturday against the construction of a hospital for coronavirus patients, as they think it will spread COVID-19 in the ‘densely-populated’ area.

Akij Group has recently decided to build the temporary hospital on its own plot like that of China.

During the protest, three security guards and construction workers were injured.

Sheikh Bashir Uddin, managing director of Akij Group, said they began to work to build the 300-bed hospital within seven to eight days, but locals started protesting against the move.

Rahima Begum, a resident of the area, said the area is densely populated. “If the hospital is built here, the virus may infect people of the area. So, we are protesting against the construction of the hospital.” After one-and-a-half-hour demonstration, local councillor and police assured them that the hospital would not be erected there.

Salman Hasan, assistant commissioner of Tejgaon Industrial Area Crime Zone of DMP, said that local people took to the street in protest at construction of the hospital.

They think they might get infected with coronavirus from the hospital, added the police official.