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12:00 AM, April 01, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:51 AM, April 01, 2021

Hospital lying idle for lack of pure water supply

Indurkani Upazila Health Complex in Pirojpur is a full-fledged hospital having all the facilities including accommodation for doctors and staffers, however, its indoor services remain suspended since its inception due to lack of pure drinking water supply.

Even, the health complex has been upgraded to 50 beds from 31 investing TK around 15 crores (exact figure 14 crore and 70 lakh).

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But the people are getting hardly any benefit from the hospital because of the suspension of the indoor services.

The 31-bed upazila health complex was established in 2002.

The people of the upazila are very poor and if they need to get proper medical service, they have to go to Pirojpur, Khulna or Barishal.

Locals have said though the government has spent huge amount of money for the health complex, the concerned health engineering department gave hardly any emphasis on the arrangement of pure drinking water.

In the plan, it included only deep tube well to ensure pure drinking water.

"Indurkani is one of the coastal upazilas where the crisis of pure drinking water is acute and it is known to all," said Ahadul Islam Shimul, a local of the upazila.

The health engineering department did not think of any alternative source of pure drinking water except setting up deep tube well.

Only because of the shortage of pure drinking water, the activities of indoor service of the health complex have remained suspended, he added.

As a result, a great number of people are being deprived of healthcare.

Without going for full operation of the health complex, up-gradation, repair and renovation work of the health complex began at the end of 2018 and was scheduled to be completed at the end of March last year. Of the work, 99 percent has been completed.

Hossain Mohammad Al-Muzahid, Indurkani upazila nirbahi officer (UNO), has said that the upazila health complex has been established without proper plan.

"The huge amount of money spent by the government for the health complex has no use if pure drinking water is not arranged," the UNO has said adding after coming to know about the problem he has tried his best to solve the problem.

He has also said that no waste management system of the health complex has been arranged though they have kept budget for gardening.

Dr M Hasnat Yousuf Jaki, civil surgeon of Pirojpur, has said that after getting pure drinking water facility, they will take the full charge of the hospital.

Commenting on the matter, Md Jakir Hossain, executive engineer of health engineering department in Pirojpur, has said that they will set a Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant at the hospital premises.

"After getting the fund, we will call for tender," he said adding waste management system will be arranged gradually.

But he denied making comment on the question on why the RO plant was not included first.

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