Rangpur Medical College Hospital has become heavy with the cries of the burnt people to carry out the fire to survive the severe winter. In the last 11 days, 24 people have been admitted to the burn unit of the hospital, 7 of them have been admitted in the last two days. Most of the victims are women and children. Doctors said the condition of the two was critical.
The family members said that although the burn victims were advised to be sent to Dhaka for better treatment, they were not taken to Dhaka financially.
Assistant Professor in charge of the burn unit of the hospital. MA Hamid Palash said that the number of women and children is more among those who are carrying burnt bodies during the winter. He said that the fire was spreading all over the body as soon as the woolen cloth fell on the body and approached the fire.
According to the burnt patients and their relatives, poor people are burning their haystacks to escape the severity of winter. The number of burn patients in the hospital is increasing with the onset of winter, they said. In the last two days, only 6 people came to the hospital with burnt bodies.
Saheda from Domar in Nilphamari and Samsunnahar from Mithapukur in Rangpur came to the hospital with almost burnt body. Sixty percent of the bodies of these two in their sixties have been burnt. The in-charge of the burn unit said that as there was no arrangement in Rangpur to treat the two patients, they were advised to take them to Dhaka but they did not go. As a result, treatment is being given here as much as possible. Their family members said that they did not have the means to take them to Dhaka for treatment.
Patients from different areas of eight districts of Rangpur division including 10-year-old child Salam of Mamtaz Uddin of Laldighi Fatehpur of Pirganj upazila of Rangpur have come for treatment from Taslima of Roumari Char in Kurigram. Almost all of them were burnt by the fire in the straw hut while some of them went to the kitchen stove to take the heat of the fire. At least 40 percent of their bodies were burned.
According to the meteorological office, the temperature at Tentulia in Panchagarh was recorded at 9.3 degrees Celsius and at Rangpur at 10.3 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. Glaciers are descending from the Himalayas, causing moderate cold spells in the districts of the region.
Kamruzzaman, in-charge of the Rangpur Meteorological Office, said the situation would continue for another three days. After three days of light to moderate rains in the last week, it is getting cold in Kankan.