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Rana Plaza victim Aklima not receiving medicare

Update : 01 Jul 2013, 04:16 AM

Life has become more painful than death to Aklima, 26 – a victim of Rana Plaza collapse on April 24 in Savar, now deprived of indespensible medicare and rehabilitation.

She is now craving medicare in bed no. 40 of the female surgery ward in Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH).

After visiting her in the hospital it was found that Aklima, daughter of Abdul Malek and Mariam of Padma village, got married with Ismail Hossain of Haringhata under Patharghata upazila of Barguna.

Ismail had been working at a shop in Savar and Aklima joined the New Star Garments as a sewing helper on a monthly salary of Tk5,000-6,000 six months before the collapse.

On the day of the tragedy, she went to the gate of the garment factory around 7:30am and hesitated to enter it as she already heard about the cracks in the building.

Getting assurance form the factory supervisor that everything was okay and salaries would be paid in the afternoon, she got in the factory.

At about 8:30am, panic spread amongst all after a bang was heard, but they failed to come out as the entrance was closed and within a few minutes the whole building came crushing down on all including Aklima, she said.

“I was pressed under a machine and a beam and saw many die before my eyes and I lost my sense. A few hours later I was rescued in a senseless condition and admitted to a nearby clinic,” she narrated.

“After eight days I was released from the clinic and went to my village home. My husband got Tk20,000 as compensation after the accident and left me. I went to Dhaka to look for my husband and became sick again and was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital,” said the victim.

“DMCH doctors released me after a week and asked me to go home and take rest as no fracture in the body was found. As my condition deteriorated I was compelled to take admission in Barisal SBMCH on June 17,” she said, showing her medical documents.

“I have lost everything, my earning source, my husband, my physical and mental health and do not know how I will survive. Now, it seems to me death is more preferable than living,” the ailing Aklima said.

Dr Zahirul Islam Manik, surgeon and in-charge of the ward, said Aklima received inner injuries to her stomach and gullet.

She needs to go under surgery and psychological consultation to come out from her traumatic shock, added the doctor.

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