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20-beds hospital still not launched in 14yrs

 Abu Muttalib Moti, Adamdighi (Bogura)

 Published: 08:01 PM, 21 September 2019  

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

A 20-bed hospital at Santahar in Adamdighi Upazila of Bogura has not started activities yet in fourteen years after its construction. At present, darnels grow there and it has become a haven for drug addicts. 

The authorities do not have a specific timeline for when the hospital will be opened. Locals are being deprived of healthcare because the hospital has not opened.

A long-standing demand of the residents of the municipality of Santahar in Adamdighi Upazila of Bogura was to build a hospital. In response to this demand, construction of the 20-bed hospital started in the Rathbari area of Santahar town in 2005 at a cost of Tk 33.12 lakh under the financing and supervision of CMMU and Ministry of Health and Family Planning. The construction was incomplete as the construction company left in 2005, leaving 20 percent of the work undone.

The hospital was formally inaugurated on October 22, 2006. But after 14 years, the hospital was not started. Currently, the hospital is full of darnels due to lack of maintenance.

It is alleged that the hospital area has become a haven for drug addicts due to lack of monitoring from concerning authority. Where the patients are expected to receive their services, the place has become the meeting place for both of the drug addicts and school-college students.

Locals have demanded the quick launch of the medical service after doing the completion of the remaining work of the hospital.

Adamdighi Upazila consists of a municipality (Santahar) and six UPs. There is a 50-bed hospital at this upazila sadar. Hundreds of patients, including upazila locals, are receiving daily medical care. The 20-bed hospital at Rathbari in Santahar has not been handed over yet because the construction work is incomplete. And due to this, it is not possible to launch, said Dr. Shahidullah Dewan, Adamdighi Upazila Health and Environment Planning Officer.