More than 300 workers of Starlight Sweaters Ltd located near Bhogra in Gazipur (on the outskirts of the Capital Dhaka), which is also a sister concern of Labib Group, have been diagnosed of water poisoning today on 5 June 2013, at around 8:00AM in the morning. Among them, 200 have been admitted in the Gazipur Sadar Hospital, Tongi Hospital and nearby clinics. Some of their conditions are critical.
Doctors blamed the poisoning on the factory’s water supply. District Civil Surgeon Syed Habibullah confirmed the factory’s water supply as the source of the problem. A team has been sent to the factory to investigate the cause, he said. The Police said they were looking for traces of ‘poison’ in the water tank of the ‘Starlight Sweater’ factory, where the workers started to fall sick since they joined work in the morning.
Although the factory owners blame some sort of sabotage, the fact remains that the workers are ill and are now on their own for treatment. The culture of the factory owners refusing to take responsibility in precautions and rescue, or take proper proactive and reactive measures for such incidents has a huge room for many improvements. This particular incident was not much different, even though the scale this time is quite massive for this form of healthcare related disaster.
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