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Hospitals asked to prepare for treating possible chemical attack victims

  • Published at 11:26 pm September 9th, 2018
File photo of Dhaka Medical College Hospital
File photo of Dhaka Medical College Hospital

A chemical attack is the use of toxic chemical agents as a weapon of mass destruction. Victims of a chemical exposure or attack require immediate decontamination

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has asked specialised hospitals, medical colleges and sadar hospitals in the country to take necessary steps to ensure proper treatment for victims of any possible chemical attack by militants.

The DGHS in this regard sent a letter to the directors concerned of the specialist hospitals and medical colleges and civil surgeons/deputy directors of all sadar hospitals on August 26, its Director (Hospital) Dr Kari Jahangir Hossain said on Sunday.

He said: "The initiative was taken based on information provided by the Public Security Division of the Home Ministry.”

Dr Jahangir also said: “The Home Ministry first sent the information to the Health Ministry on May 3 of this year and then forwarded it to the DGHS on June 4,” reports UNB.

The notice also directed each of the hospitals to form a special medical team to provide necessary treatment to victims of chemical attacks as well as arrange special training for all the team members, and also keep medical instruments and medicines in stock to deal with any emergencies.

The DGHS also asked them to keep ambulances standby and arrange an alternative electricity supply (generators) to every operation theatre (OT).

It also urged the government hospitals to ensure the capacity of treating chemical attack victims and be ready for it.

A chemical attack is the use of toxic chemical agents as a weapon of mass destruction. Victims of a chemical exposure or attack require immediate decontamination.