Noakhali, June 12 (BAN/ AD): A large section of concrete plaster ceiling collapsed Wednesday morning injuring eight people, which included 5 children. The building was declared unfit for use three years ago by PWD. Noakhali 250-bed General Hospital where incident took place at 6:20am in Unit 2 of No 4 Children Ward, said Humayun Kabir, senior station officer of Maizdi Fire Service and Civil Defence.
Hospital staff along with help from fire service team rescued the victims. The injured are Ibrahim, 50, Sumaiya Bani, 12, Ismail, 5, Imam Uddin, a five-month-old boy, Russel, 16, Rasheda, 35, Rafi, a two and half year old boy, and Parul Begum, 45.
Ismail 5 year old boy was critical as per hospital Superintendent Dr Khalilur Rahman as said Ismail’s condition was critical since the plaster fell on his head. He has been shifted to Comilla Medical College Hospital.
The building, one of the three belonging to the hospital, was constructed in 1967. As per Fariduddin Ahmed, assistant director of the Noakhali hospital, building’s dilapidated condition was reason for the accident. Superintendent Dr Rahman says the building was declared as risky “but not declared unfit for use”. PWD officer Quamrul Islam, disagreed saying the building was initially identified as risky and then deemed unfit for use. He said “A letter was sent to the hospital authorities three years ago in this regard.”