Three people, including two children, were injured as the ceiling plaster of a health complex fell on them on Monday afternoon.
The injured are Tamim Mollah, 7, son of Uzzal Mollah, Nur Kusum, 22, and her daughter Sharmin Khanum, 5.
Kusum and Sharmin were released after they were given primary treatment, while Tamim was still under treatment at Kotalipara Upazila Health Complex.
The incident took place in the old building of the same complex.
Uzzal said, “Tamim, with his aunt Nur Kusum and cousin Sharmin, went to see my bother-in-law at Kotalipara Upazila Health Complex on Monday, as he was admitted there for pain in the stomach. The three were waiting in his hospital room while he was getting tests done. Around 3:30pm, a big piece of plaster from the ceiling fell on them. My son was injured in his head.”
Sunity Biswas, a nurse at the complex, said, “After the incident, all patients were shifted to the new building. We are always anxious while working in this old building.”
Residential Medical Officer (RMO) at the complex Sushanta Baidya said, “This building was built in 1968. The ceiling of this hospital building is in bad condition. We have closed one ward as the plaster fell around 12 days ago. This time, three people were injured as the plaster fell in another ward. We have shifted all patients to our new building corridor.”
He added that Tamim was now out of danger.
Premanand Mondal, upazila health and family planning officer in Kotalipara, said, “The new building of the hospital is still under construction and the old building will be auctioned off on June 17. So, we have a great problem at hand.”