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Water crisis cripples Fazilatunnesa eye hospital at Gopalganj

  • Published at 06:53 pm September 26th, 2016
  • Last updated at 07:37 pm September 26th, 2016
Water crisis cripples Fazilatunnesa eye hospital at Gopalganj
Water supply has remained suspended everywhere of the hospital, including toilets, as the water treatment plant of the hospital has gone out of order, reports our correspondent. The hospital authorities did not admit Mojiron Begum to the hospital due to the water crisis. “Many other patients like me returned home being denied of admission,” said Mojiron from Ghoradaha village at Sadar upazila. Nani Gopal Malakar, son of Moyna Malakar from Hariargop village at Chitalmari upazila in Bagerhat district, has brought his mother in the hospital for taking treatment. They are purchasing water from outside, as there is no water in the hospital, even in the toilets. “We are suffering tremendously due to water crisis,” said Nani. Subrata Kumar Haldar, operator of the water treatment plant, said iron and sand had blocked the 80-feet long shallow tube-well of the plant. “If a 1200-feet tube-well is installed instead of the existing one, the problem will be solved,” he added. There was a 1200-feet long deep tube-well near the hospital, from where the patients were now buying water, said Subrata. “The hospital requires around 25,000 litres of water every day, whereas the pump of the plant cannot collect 30000 litres of water in 15 days,” added the operator. On Sunday, the hospital purchased 6000 litres of water at Tk1000. “It requires water of Tk5000 every day to run the hospital, which is not possible,” opined Dr Amrit Lal Biswas, assistant director of the hospital. Acting Director of the hospital Dr Bimal Krishna Gian said it was not possible to run such a big hospital with the defective water plant. The quarters of the hospital were also lying vacant for the same reason, he added. “We have sent a letter to higher authorities in this regard. The firm, which had installed the plant, would repair it, said the director. However, the outdoor service at the hospital was open, said Dr Bimal. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the hospital located at Ghonapara on the outskirt of Gopalganj town, on April 30 this year for rendering modern treatments to the eye patients of the country’s southern region.