SYLHET, Dec 02: The lone trauma centre in greater Sylhet region, established in Habiganj district, could not yet start functioning even five years after completion of construction.
The required beds, furniture etc had been supplied to the government establishment, but yet none were able to say when it would be ready for use.
Under a project styled 'Physical Development project' the Health department, with a target to providing immediate treatment for the road accident victims established 10-bed trauma centres on six highways in 2010.
Accordingly a three-storey building at a cost of Tk 30.18 million was constructed inside the Bahubal upazila Health Complex area on Dhaka-Sylhet highway.
Although the construction works were completed in 2014, the establishment is yet to be handed over to the Health Department by the PWD.
The road accident victims on the busy highway still have to be rushed to the nearby upazila hospitals, to Dhaka hospitals or to the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital for immediate treatment.
Furniture and medical equipment were supplied to the establishment after completion of the building's construction had long been lying unused mainly for not appointing medical officers, sources informed.
Contacted Director (Health), Sylhet division Dr Debpada Roy told this correspondent today, 'We are yet to get it from the PWD, which had constructed the building. When we get it, the health department would arrange procurement other materials as well as manpower, he added.
Besides it is yet to be decided when to open the centre formally, he said.
The matter was raised at the Habiganj District Coordination Committee meeting last month.
An official at the Habiganj PWD office said they were waiting for instructions from the higher authority to hand it over to the Health Department, Mr Roy said.
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