Nine people including five children were injured as plaster of the ceiling at the paediatric ward of Noakhali General Hospital fell apart on them on Wednesday morning.
Witnesses and hospital authorities said the ceiling plaster at the ward fell suddenly on the patients and their attendants, injuring them at about 7:00am triggering panic
among the patients.
The injured are Rafi, 2, Ismail, 5, Imam, 5, Sumaya, 12, Russell, 16, Ibrahim, 50, Parul, 47, Badsha, 35, and Rozina, 20.
The hospital resident physician Syed Mohiuddin Azim said the injured were given treatment at the emergency ward. The patients were also evacuated.
The hospital director Khalil Ullah said the ward at old hospital building became dilapidated and was not suitable to house patients but they were providing treatment there because of overflow of patients.
Two nurses were injured in similar accidents at another ward a year ago.
Noakhali Public Works department executive engineer Kamrul Hasan said the department announced the hospital
building abandoned in 2015 but the hospital authorities continued to use the building.
The department also sent notice to the hospital authorities in 2018 asking them not to use the building after two nurses got injured, he said.
Three corrugated-sheet-roofed buildings were also constructed to accommodate the patients on the hospital premises, but the hospital authorities continued to use the building for overflow of patients, Kamrul said.
He also said a plan of a 12-storey building for the hospital was awaiting for government nod.
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