PM lays foundation stone of country’s first burn institute

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Dhaka, April 6: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday announced that her government will set up burn units in all hospitals gradually in the country.

“The government plans to set up burn units at every medical college in Bangladesh. I do not mind if people, who can afford it, go abroad for treatment. But I believe it’s possible to provide world-class treatment in the country,” the premier said after laying the foundation stone on ‘Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery’ at Chankharpool in the city.

The construction of the institute with a 500-bed hospital would cost Tk 5.34 billion (Tk 522 crore).

Recalling the horrible days of BNP-Jamaat`s non-stop blockade and hartal in 2015, she said those who killed people in arson attacks how they could expect public support as politics is not for killing people.

The Prime Minister questioned those who had engaged criminals to kill people through arson attacks what kind of politics they do. “Was it just to capture power ousting a government?” she asked.

Chaired by Health and Family Welfare Secretary Syed Monjurul Islam, the programme was addressed among others by Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim, State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokan, Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq and project director Dr Samanta Lal Sen.

Plastic Surgeon Professor Dr Mohammad Shahidullah launched the department at the DMCH, which was later upgraded to a 50-bed full-pledged unit in 2003 and then to 300-bed unit in phases.

Bangladesh’s first burn unit was set up with six beds in a room at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in 1986.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on November 24, 2014 cleared the project, which is expected to be finished by the end of 2018.

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