The entrance of the Emergency outpatient department of Chattogram General Hospital (CGH) has become a garbage dumping spot due to negligence of Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) and irresponsibility of some people.
Officials of the hospital said owners and staff of shops, hotels and restaurants and floating traders of Anderkilla and adjacent Teri Bazar areas dump waste on the road in front of the hospital.
Patients, staff and doctors of the hospital expressed their annoyance over the putrid smell that takes over the area.
The office of Chattogram Civil Surgeon is located behind the hospital and the walkway leading to the office is just beside the garbage dumping spot.
“The Civil Surgeon must see the garbage every day on his way to and from the office; how could he allow it for long!” exclaimed Md Suman, an attendant of a patient.
“When I took my younger brother to the Emergency, he was feeling uncomfortable due to the stink,” Suman told The Daily Star.
“The bad smell intensifies particularly from 6pm to midnight,” said Rupa Dutta, an emergency medical officer of the hospital.
“The CCC office is just quarter of a kilometre off the hospital, but no action has been taken,” she told The Daily Star.
“CCC conservancy workers remove the garbage after midnight,” she said, adding that although they forbid people from dumping garbage during the day, nobody pays heed to it.
Preferring anonymity, some traders said they are compelled to dump waste in the area as garbage-collecting vehicles do not come on time. “Where would we keep our rubbish?” said an owner of a tea stall.
Contacted, Civil Surgeon Azizur Rahman Siddique said he noticed the matter, and hoped the hospital superintendent would talk to the concerned department of CCC.
Asim Kumar Nath, superintendent of CGH, told The Daily Star he requested the local councillor several times to take action regarding the issue. “Each time the councillor assured me of taking action, but no action has been taken yet,” he said.
Contacted, Jahar Lal Hazari, CCC councillor of ward-32 (Anderkilla), said he would initiate an awareness campaign among traders in the area.
CCC Chief Conservancy Officer Shafiqul Mannan Siddique said they collect waste door-to-door, and so people do not need to dump waste in bind or on the road.
“Some irresponsible people are doing this misdeed...we will engage watchmen to thwart it,” he said, adding that he will also look into the allegation of not collecting garbage on time.