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An ambulance that falls silent

The ambulance remained inoperative since November 10 after its driver Nasir Uddin was transferred to Baliakandi

Update : 24 Nov 2019, 11:45 PM

The lone ambulance of the 50-bed Upazila Health Complex of Goalanda in Rajbari district remained out of service for the last 14 days due to the transfer of its driver as well as a technical problem, depriving patients of its emergency service.

Resident Medical Officer (RMO) of the hospital Dr Taposh Mondal said the ambulance remained inoperative since November 10 after its driver Nasir Uddin was transferred to Baliakandi.

Besides, the ambulance developed a technical glitch as one of its bearings broke down, he said, citing the driver.

The RMO said the new driver replaced Nasir seven days later but he joined work on Thursday.

 Dr Asif Mahmud, health and family welfare officer, said they have no budget to fix the problem of the ambulance. “It might take another week to fix the problem,” he said.

 Meanwhile, patients who need to be shifted to other hospitals from the health complex for better treatment were suffering following the suspension of the ambulance service.

 Many were seen using hired vehicles to shift patients to hospitals in Faridpur, Rajbari and Dhaka.

 Private firm official Mosharraf Mridha, 28, of Nabuochhimoddinpara in the upazila was admitted to the health complex on November 14 with diarrhoea. As his condition deteriorated in the evening on the day, he was referred to Faridpur Medical College Hospital.

 As the ambulance service remained suspended, his relatives got nervous about how to shift him. Although they managed a hired microbus, there was no oxygen facility in it which Mosharraf was badly in need of.

 They asked for an oxygen cylinder from the hospital authorities but they refused which led to an altercation with its nurses.

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