Hospital not built in Noakhali even three years after foundation laying
BEGUMGANJ, NOAKHALI, Nov 8: Construction work of Public Leader Nurul Haque Modern Hospital at Abdul Malek Ukil Medical College (AMUMC) in Begumganj Upazila of the district is yet to start after two years and seven months of laying foundation stone.
The absence of a hospital is hampering the normal academic activities of the college. Students are frustrated as they are not getting proper education. If the hospital is built, people of the region will get health care services.
Sources said, following a long-standing demand, AMUMC was established at Begumganj Chourasta area in 2008. At the same time, a 500-bed hospital named after leader Nurul Haque was also set to be set up on the college campus, but it was not built.
Later, following the strong demand of locals, former health minister Mohammad Nasim laid the foundation stone of the hospital on February 7, 2017. At that time, the construction cost was estimated at Tk 1 crore. But, due to different complexities, the hospital was not constructed. As a result, the construction cost increased later.
Since there is no hospital on the college campus, the students of AMUMC have to attend practical class at Zila Sadar Hospital which is about 12-km away. As a result, they are not getting proper academic environment.
Several students of 9th batch of AMUMC including Adnan and Shakil, said, "We are in serious trouble because there is no hospital on our college campus. We have to do practical classes at Zila Sadar Hospital. As a result, both our time and money are being wasted."
They also said, "We cannot get proper practical instructions at the Zila Sadar Hospital. From there, we again have to return to the college in the afternoon to attend more classes. So, the hospital needs to be built on the college campus quickly. We are seeking the intervention of Prime Minister, Health Minister and all concerned in this connection."
District unit President of Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad Dr Fazle Elahi Khan and General Secretary Dr Mahbubur Rahman said if the hospital is built on the college campus, people will be benefited.
Principal of AMUMC Professor Abdus Salam said, "Due to an increase in project cost, we are facing some setback in building the hospital. We hope that after overcoming all complications, the construction work of the hospital will start by December this year."
Son of Nurul Haque and Upazila Chairman Omar Faruk Badsha said, "I have contacted with the authorities concerned in this connection. They said the work will start soon."
Lawmaker of Noakhali-3 Constituency Mamunur Rashid Kiron said, "I have talked with higher authorities on several occasions asking them to start the construction of the hospital."