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Govt plans to set up burn units in five divisional medical colleges and hospitals

Staff Reporter

Published: 14:22, 21 June 2022

Govt plans to set up burn units in five divisional medical colleges and hospitals

The government plans to set up burn units in five divisional medical colleges and hospitals in the country with Saudi Arabian funding.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque said this in Parliament on Monday, responding to a tabled question from ruling Awami League MP elected from Chattogram M Abdul Latif.

The five burn units would be set up in Sylhet, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Barisal and Faridpur.

The health minister said the project will be implemented from July 2022 to June 2025. The project was approved at the ECNEC meeting on December 7 last year.

“In addition, a 100-bed burn unit will be set up at Chittagong Medical College Hospital with funding from the Chinese government."

He said that project was taken to set up a burn unit in Mymensingh district and Khulna district under the fourth sector program.

In reply to a query from opposition BNP MP elected from Chapainawabganj Aminul Islam, the health minister told Parliament that mobile courts of Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) had cancelled the  registration of 136 commercial drugs in 2021 due to non-compliance and other irregularities.

The minister also said that the licenses of 49 drug manufacturing companies have been suspended during this period.

Besides, production and marketing of all types of medicines of 14 pharmaceutical companies have been suspended in 2021.

At this time, 2036 cases have been filed in the mobile court run by the DGDA and a fine of Tk 2.67 crore has been realized on charge of producing and marketing fake, contaminated and unregistered medicine.  

In response to another query from M Abdul Latif,  the Health Minister said that if any sick person is taken to the hospital or clinic or doctors, then there is no chance of refusing to provide emergency medical services to that person.

“Strict guidelines have been issued to all government and private hospitals and clinics by the Department of Health under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in this regard and regular supervision is being carried out by the Department of Health in this regard,” he added.

Replying to a question by BNP MP elected from  from Bogura Gulam Mohammad Siraj, the health minister said that steps would be taken to introduce separate units in government hospitals in all districts to provide medical services to drug addicts in future.