A year has passed since the inauguration of the trauma center at Shivchar in Madaripur to treat the accident victims on the Jatrabari-Bhanga expressway, but it has not been operationalized. As a result, this medical center built at a cost of around 12 crores is not of any use to the public.
Locals as well as civil society are angry. The health department is trying to avoid responsibility on the pretext of manpower crisis. However, initiatives will be taken to introduce an alternative system, the health department said.
According to local and hospital sources, the shiny and clean three-storied building is standing in Shivchar’s Dattapara of Madaripur on the Jatrabari-Bhanga Expressway. Ilyas Ahmed Chowdhury Trauma Center was inaugurated by Health Minister Zahid Malek in November 2022.
A year after its inauguration, the lock still hangs there. As it was not possible to treat the injured in the accident on the highway, they were taken to Dhaka Medical with Upazila Health Complex. Many patients died in the middle of it. Therefore, the local residents demand that the trauma center be opened quickly in the interest of the public.
Local resident Rafiqul Islam said that the trauma center was inaugurated long ago. But still the facility is not availed from the center for real human treatment. I demand from the government that this trauma center should be started soon. Because many accidents happen on this expressway.
Another resident Eman Ahmed said, “Because the trauma center is not open, drug addicts hang out there. So when it was launched, the drug addicts’ hangout wouldn’t have been here either. We want the trauma center to be opened immediately.’
According to Madaripur Civil Surgeon office, the trauma center built at Tk 11 crore 96 lakh is expected to have 34 posts including two resident medical officers, 14 doctors, 10 nurses and pharmacist-technicians, but no post has been appointed yet.
In this regard, advocate Moshiur Rahman Parvez, president of Madaripur Safe Treatment Chai, said, “From Dhaka to Faridpur’s Bhanga, the southern region’s campaign vehicles run fast on the expressway. Accidents happen every day. But the injured do not get immediate treatment. If the trauma center at Shivchar was operational, many injured patients would have received early treatment. So I demand it to be launched soon’.
However, Madaripur Civil Surgeon Dr. Munir Ahmed Khan said that manpower has not yet been assigned to start the trauma center. Due to lack of sufficient manpower, it is not possible to start this modern trauma center at Shivchar. However, efforts have been made to introduce an alternative system.