Depot fire: Chittagong hospital faces medicine crisis

Chittagong Medical College Hospital calls for blood donations to save lives

A fire at BM Container Depot in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong late on Saturday killed at least 28 people. More than 400 people were admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) with burns and injuries sustained in the fire.

The huge number of admissions has resulted in a chaotic situation at the hospital – there is a medicine crisis and the doctors on duty are struggling to tend all of the injured.

A man is seen at the scene of a fire at BM Container Depot in Sitakunda upazila in Chittagong on Saturday, June 5, 2022 Dhaka Tribune

KM Tanvir, president of the interns’ council of CMCH, said the doctors at the hospital were scrambling to see to such a large number of sudden admissions. 

The number of doctors and nurses at the 2,200-bed hospital was inadequate to handle such a situation, he added.

“Those who are studying medicine and those with medical knowledge have come forward to help the doctors; they are helping the doctors in treating patients. But we are still struggling to look after everyone.”


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According to Tanvir, there are 43 Ansar, 10 police and seven Fire Service members among the injured.

The hospital was trying its utmost to provide medical care to all, he said.

CMCH Director Brig Gen Md Shamim Ahsan said many of the injured needed blood, before calling for blood donations to save lives.

The hospital had called in all doctors and nurses on leave to tackle the crisis, he said.

CMCH did not have enough medicines for this many patients, said Shamim, urging all to provide the hospital with medicines like saline and painkillers.

“We have brought in doctors from nearby upazilas and health complexes, but we are still struggling to cope,” he added.

Rajiv Palit, assistant director of CMCH, said the hospital was megaphoning blood donation requests. “I urge everyone in the area to come to the hospital and help the injured by donating blood.”

Chittagong Civil Surgeon Md Elias Chowdhury held out the assurance that every injured person would get medical attention.

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