100 RMG workers hospitalised

Our Correspondent . Savar

Over one hundred workers of a garment factory were hospitalised as they fell sick after drinking the factory’s tap water at Nolam in Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital on Sunday morning.
The management of Global Attire Ltd, which owns the factory, suspended operation of the factory for the day after the incident.
The sick workers were admitted to different local hospitals and clinics, including Gonoshasthyakendra Hospital in Nabinagar of Ashulia, said MA Karim Rana, head of human resources and administration and complaints department of the factory.
Gonoshasthya Hospital’s director Ashraf Uddin Mallik said that the RMG workers fell sick either after drinking contaminated water or they were overcome with hysteria.
‘Most of the patients are women and complained of severe headache and abdominal pain,’ he said.
Karim Rana said the workers had begun complaining at about 9:00pm that they were feeling sick.
Irin, Shilpi and Rekha, three of the workers admitted to hospital, said they had felt sick after drinking tap water at the factory.
Ashulia industrial police director Mustafizur Rahman said additional police had been deployed to the area to ward off any trouble.
‘The factory was declared shut for the day and the workers went home,’ he said.

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