‘DNCC Market to be turned into hospital’

Staff Correspondent

10 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam on Sunday said the six-storey DNCC Market in the capital’s Mohakhali area would be turned into a ‘500-bed Urban Hospital’.

The DNCC Mayor came up with the remark while addressing the reporters after visiting the market which is being used as an isolation centre for Covid-19 treatment.

Atiqul Islam said, “The market was built for using it as a wholesale kitchen market for traders. It has space for around 700 shops. As DNCC has no hospital, we will turn it as urban hospital.”

“We are planning how we can turn it as a hospital. We will submit a proposal to prime minister in this regard,” he said adding that the health ministry has provided some doctors, nurse and 19 officials from the Combined Military Hospital for the market turned isolation center,” he said.

The DNCC Mayor, “The Covid-19 outbreak and the failure of the DNCC to open the market, led the authorities to turn the market as urban hospital.”

During the bifurcation of the Dhaka City Corporation had three hospitals and all of three now located under Dhaka South City Corporation. The residents under DNCC also need a hospital for ensuring better healthcare facilities, he added.