“Patients with burnt airways will need an intensive care unit. But USIs are not available. For this, several private hospitals have been asked to keep the intensive care units ready,” said Chattogram Civil Surgeon Mohammed Elias Chowdhury.
The nightly medical crisis was caused by the large number of burn patients admitted to CMCH, he added.
“We have never witnessed such an incident. We had to deal with two problems for so many patients to come together in the event of a fire. One is the critical care crisis and the other is the medicine crisis.Due to the unavailability of intensive care beds, we sent several patients to the military hospital and general hospital after the initial treatment, Dr. Liton Palit, register of the burns and plastic surgery unit of the CMCH.
“Patients’ relatives could not bring needed medicine so late at night. They bought medicine made by different companies. Although not of the same quality, the medicine had to be applied. Medicines brought for a patient were to be applied to others. In the morning, the drug supply gradually returned to normal,” he added.
“Fifty percent of the patients admitted to the hospital’s burn unit and plastic surgery unit are in critical condition. Several patients have been kept on other wards due to lack of space,” said Rafiq Uddin Ahmed, head of CMCH’s burns and plastic surgery unit. told TBS.
At least 16 people have been killed and more than 200 including police and firefighters injured after a fire broke out at a container depot in Chattogram’s Sitakunda on Saturday night June 4.
The fire started at BM Container Depot in Bhatiari at around 11pm and many chemical containers exploded simultaneously. The explosions reportedly shattered the windows of several nearby buildings and were felt at locations as far away as 4 kilometers. Authorities are working to put out the fire.