Atiqul blames poor fire safety measures

Staff Correspondent

29 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam on Thursday blamed the inadequate fire safety measures for the fire in United Hospital in the capital that killed five patients in its corona unit.

He said, “In the extended part of United Hospital, there were no firefighters, fire drill or a fire team. Only three of the 11 fire extinguishers had not expired at the wing. There were no assigned personnel for the fire-fighting responsibilities.“

Dhaka North Mayor Atiqul Islam came up with the remark after visiting the hospital.

Emphasizing strengthening of fire safety measures, he said, “People come to the hospital seeking recovery from their sickness but here they died in a fire. This is really unfortunate. I would request the authorities of all hospitals to attach the necessary important to fire safety.”

DNCC chief health officers Brig Gen Mohammad Mominur Rahman Mamun, ward councilor Zakir Hossain Babul and officials of Fire Service and Civil Defence accompanied the mayor.

A devastating fire broke out on Wednesday evening at Corona Unit of United Hospital and burnt five patients to death.