Health Desk-- Dec 29, 2016: Dozens of new-born babies at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital (SBMCH) in Barisal cry uncontrollably because the environment they born into after birth is cold and hospital floor is open.
According to the sources, mothers and their newborns take shelter on the open floor outside the overflowing gynaecological ward of SBMCH due to shortage of space and facilities.
The mothers of the newborns expressed concern on their children’s safety at the place because people are always walking past their beds and kicking up dust. How can I breastfeed my child in the open place, which remains crowded all the time?, a new mother asked.
One of the attendants said that she can't clean the clothes of the baby and mother for the shortage of bathrooms.
The senior staff nurse of the ward Aroti Mandal in this regard said there were 26 beds in the gynaecology ward where 20 to 30 critical patients take admission on average every day but 130 patients were admitted on Monday afternoon alone.
Head of the gynaecological department Shikha Saha said they conduct 20 to 25 operations in the ward a day but the air conditioner of the operation theatre was not functioning properly.
The hospital's director Dr SM Sirajul Islam said all the problems arise from the bed crisis at the unit. “I contacted the higher authorities repeatedly for increasing the facilities, but to no avail,” he added.