Ambulances, mortuary vans lie idle amid crisis

Rashidul Hasan

20 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Ambulances, mortuary vans lie idle amid crisis

When city residents are struggling to manage ambulances or mortuary vans to carry patients to hospitals or dead bodies to graveyards, the ambulances and mortuary vans of the two city corporations of Dhaka are lying idle.

DSCC and DNCC officials said that the vehicles, meant for use for health service, have remained in the warehouses due to lack of necessary manpower and a guideline for management of the service.

Record shows that some 10 ambulances and four mortuary vans were bought for carrying patients and dead bodies under Urban Resilience Project. The vehicles were handed over to the authorities of the two city corporations in February 2019.

They also said under the project, some drivers, engineers and officials of Dhaka North City Corporation were trained up in Malaysia in January 2019 for the operation and maintenance of the vehicles.   

The documents also said for the management of the services, DNCC trained two drivers Md Israfil Hossen and Amir Hossain, two engineers Mohammad Abul Hannan Khan and Aminur Rahman Chowhdury, social welfare officer Mohammad Enayet Hossain and sanitary inspector Abul Khaleque Mozumder.

Israfil Hossen is the driver of secretary of DNCC while Amir Hossain is the driver of Chief executive Officer.

“Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) were given five ambulances and two mortuary vans each under urban resilience project,” said director of the project Dr Tariq Bin Yousuf, also superintending engineer of Environment, Climate and Disaster Management Circle. Deputy Chief Health Officer of DSCC Mir Mustafizur Rahman said they have no ambulance and mortuary van services for the city residents.

Asked about the vehicles, he said, “The officials concerned to the urban resilience project can know about the whereabouts of the vehicles. I don’t know anything about the vehicles.”

Contacted, Chief Welfare Officer of DSCC Akanda Mohammad Faisal Uddin and focal point officer of urban resilient project DSCC part Sirajul Islam said that they were aware of the use of the vehicles.

Talking to the Daily Sun, Chief Health Officer Brig Gen Md Zobaidur Rahman said the vehicles cannot be used for the lack of necessary manpower and a guideline for the management.

Zobaidur said, “We don’t have enough number of drivers to operate the ambulances. There is also no guideline on the appointment of drivers and their salary, fuel cost and maintenance.

We recently held a meeting on the topics and we prepared a guideline in this regard.” He hoped that they would launch the service for the city residents very soon.