A number of cattle-heads grazing at Jhenidah Shishu Hospital ground. The photo was taken recently.

Jhenaidah Shishu Hospital could not start functioning after 13 years of establishment due to administrative complications.
The 25-bed child hospital has been beset with multifarious problems. People of the area demanded of the authorities concerned to take initiative for shunning the problems.
Doors, windows and other equipments are damaging day by day, while the hospital premises turned to grazing land for the cattle-heads.
Local authorities of the health department say that they could
start the functioning when the “institutional code” for the hospital is
allocated.
The health department sources said the ministry of health constructed 25-bed Jhenidah children’s hospital on three acres of land on Jhenidah-Magura highway in 2005 considering the sufferings of the children.
The construction was completed in April of 2006 which was handed over to the ministry of health and family welfare on August 30 in the same year.
In a circular was issued from the ministry on November 21 of 2012 to create positions of 18 persons for the hospital. But it could not be furnished for want of an institutional code for the hospital in last six years.
Locals and health department officials said the authorities started outdoor services appointing two sub assistant community medical officers (SACMO) during the inaugural time, while no medicine was supplied for the patients.
The doors, windows, glasses and other parts of the hospital started damaging for want of maintenance for a long time. It turned to a place for dust and wastes. Huge materials including electric fans were already theft from the hospital.
Sources said, some costly medical accessories are damaged as those were not used for couple of years. A number of the same was shifted to medical assistants training school (MATS), while the X-Ray machine to Jhenidah Sadar hospital.
A number of guardians who rushed at Jhenidah Sadar hospital for the treatment of their children said four to five times patients are admitted at eight beds of the hospital. If Jhenidah children’s hospital started functioning, the sufferings of the people could be eased.
Manirul Islam, a resident of Jhenidah children’s hospital area, said the buildings are decayed faster for want of maintenance. An unscrupulous gang have been stealing the equipments and accessories from the hospital during the night.
When contacted, civil surgeon Dr. Rasheda Sultana said they are going to start the children’s hospital in full swing. The positions of the officials were promoted, while they are not in a position to start functioning.
Further, the salary of the officials and other staff could not be drawn for want of a code, civil surgeon said.

Delwar Kabir, Jhenidah