CHATTOGRAM: Medication services in Chattogram Maa O Shishu Hospital, the second largest healthcare provider after Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) in Chattogram, are being hampered due to waterlogging.
The nonprofit hospital has become the trustable place for patients of all classes, mainly those of lower and middle classes, of Chattogram region.
The hospital is now providing medication for Covid-19 patients at 162 general beds, 20 ICU and 12 HDU beds.
But, medication at the important hospital is largely hampered due to the waterlogging which appears as a common phenomenon during rainfall and high tide in the rainy season.
Water enters the ground floor of the hospital, causing immense sufferings for medication seekers, doctors, nurses and other medical staff.
It was inundated for third times on Saturday and remained waterlogged till Sunday.
As the hospital has been established in low-lying Agrabad area, it suffers waterlogging problem during rain and high tide in the sea.
Abul Kalam, who came from Patenga area with his sailing baby, expressed resentment, saying that the waterlogging was hampering normal activities in the hospital.
Fearing to be sick due to flow of the dirty water through the hospital, he said they even cannot go to the pharmacy due to the stagnant water.
The authorities concerned should attach priority to address the crisis as early as possible, he said.
SM Morshed Hossain, acting president of the hospital’s executive committee, told the daily sun that they have shifted all the treatment activities to a newly-constructed building.
They ensured uninterrupted medication services for the patients, including Covid-19 patients developing an alternative road to go to the new building of the hospital to avoid waterlogging, he said.
However, the administration department is still on the ground floor of the old building where people are suffering, he admitted.
“Waterlogging is an old and big problem for the city-dwellers while our hospital is also victim of it for its location in the low-lying area,” he observed.
They have no way to address the crisis while the concerned authorities including Prime Minister’s Office, Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) and Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) were informed of it, he said. He hoped that the crisis will be permanently solved after implementing the ongoing mega project taken to address the long-drawn waterlogging crisis.
Morshed also said it will also be great help if the government provide fund for increasing height of the hospital compound to get rid of the crisis in future.
Mentionable, Chattogram Development Authority (CDA) in cooperation with the Bangladesh Army started works of the mega project taken for addressing the waterlogging crisis in the port city on April 28 in 2018.
Contacted, the Project Director (PD) Lieutenant Colonel Shah Ali of the Bangladesh Army said they have completed 55 per cent works to reduce the problem as early as possible.
Chattogram Maa O Shishu Hospital is suffering from waterlogging, mainly for high tide and they are constructing a sluice gate at the mouth of the Mohesh Khal to prevent the tidal water, he said.
“If we can complete the work before rainy season next year, it will help address the problem of the hospital,” he hoped.
Mentionable, Chattogram Maa-O-Shishu Hospital was established with the efforts of a group of great people marking the ‘International Year of the Child’ on December 31 in 1979.
The private nonprofit semi-charitable hospital is now turned into a 650-bed full-fledged hospital providing treatment to thousands of people from the Chattogram region.
Late Dr AFM Yusuf dreamt a dream of establishing a child hospital and the incumbent president renowned Surgeon Professor Dr ASM Fazlul Karim worked with the endless cooperation from the former Minister Engineer LK Siddiqui for establishing it.
The hospital started its journey for providing child healthcare services with only 10-bed indoor facilities then, said sources.
Apart from the outdoor and indoor services, laboratory, blood bank and ICU ambulance services are available at the specialised hospital round-the-clock now.
Moreover, different institutions including Chattogram Maa-Shishu O General Hospital, Chattogram Maa-O-Shishu Hospital Medical College, Maa-O-Shishu Hospital Institute of Child Health, Maa-O-Shishu Nursing Institute, Shamsun Nahar Khan Nursing College, and Autism and Child Development Centre are run under the management.
The hospital came up with the laudable initiative to provide treatment to the corona patients when none of the private hospitals responded to the call of the government last year.
The hospital management also took initiative for developing it as a full-fledged cancer hospital.