The authorities evacuated patients after a fierce fire broke out at Shaheed Suhrwardy Medical College Hospital at Sher-e-Banglanagar in the capital Thursday evening.
The fire that might have started about 5:45pm was contained by around 8:15pm on Thursday, said Fire Service and Civil Defence director general Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan at the spot.
He said that there was no casualty in the fire and that they could not ascertain the cause of the fire.
They first evacuated the patients from the Intensive Care Unit and then other patients, he said.
The fire service control room, however, said the fire was brought under control around 9:30pm by 17 firefighting units and efforts to put out the fire were continuing till filing this report at 10:15pm.
The hospital director, Uttam Kumar Barua, said that all the patients numbering between 1,100 and 1,200 were evacuated from the hospital and they were taken to four other government hospitals —Dhaka Medical College Hospital, National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Research, Kurmitola General Hospital and Mugda Medical College Hospital in the city.
He said that about 100 ambulances, both government and non-government, volunteered to shift the patients from the hospital.
A few of the patients who were unwilling to leave the hospital and staying on the hospital premises would be taken inside the hospital later and given treatment.
He said the fire originated in the 2nd floor storeroom of the hospital’s three-storey new building and it spread to the first and ground floor.
He said that the situation was now under control.
Around 8:30pm, the hospital authorities using the public announcement system urged people to remain calm and assist the authorities in shifting patients.
An anxious attendant said he could not trace his relative who was undergoing treatment at the hospital.
He said he had gone out to bring some medicine before the fire broke out.
‘There was a mobile with her but we failed to connect. We still do not know where she was shifted,’ the attendant said.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Biplab Kumar Sarkar said all the patents were evacuated unhurt.
State minister for health Murad Hasan who visited the hospital said they formed a seven-member committee, led by the hospital director Uttam Kumar Barua, asking it to submit report in three to seven days.
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