Six hospitals prepared in Dhaka for coronavirus patients: PM
Published : Wednesday, 25 March, 2020 at 11:41 PM Count : 228
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday termed the fight against coronavirus a "war" and urged people to stay at homes to discharge their responsibilities at this critical time.
"We have taken massive programmes and preparations for the prevention of coronavirus from the month of January," she said.
The Prime Minister said a national committee led by health minister has been formed aiming to provide necessary directions and take pragmatic measures to prevent and combat coronavirus in the country.
Apart from it, she said committees have been formed at city-corporation, municipality, district, upazila and union levels for coronavirus prevention.
The Prime Minister said six hospitals have been prepared in Dhaka for coronavirus patients.
Besides, five more hospitals are being prepared. Separate beds have been prepared for coronavirus patients in district-upazila level hospitals.
A total of 14,565 isolation beds, including 10,050 in Dhaka, have been prepared across the country.
Two hundred ninety organizations have been prepared for institutional quarantine across the country. A total of 16,741 people will get services from the institutional quarantine.
The first coronavirus patient was identified on March 8 in Bangladesh. Since then till yesterday 39 coronavirus patients have been identified.
Among them, five have been died. They were suffering from various diseases from before. Five of the infected patients have returned home after their recovery.
Until Tuesday, 37,038 people were kept in quarantine across the country. Out of them, 9,885 people have already returned home after getting the discharge certificates.
In addition, 267 people were kept in isolation. Out of them, 277 people returned home after getting the discharge certificates.
The Prime Minister urged the people to strictly follow the health instructions to fight against coronavirus and avoid public gatherings.
Sheikh Hasina, in her over 23-minute speech, said right at the moment highest priority for the government is to save people from the virus.
The Prime Minister said although coronavirus has the ability to spread quickly, it is not that much deadly, noting that most of the people affected by this virus get well within a few days but it became deadly for people with underlying medical conditions and the old. She urged everyone to pay the highest attention to those of the family who are most sensitive.
"Don't be panicked. Panic destroys logical thinking. Your awareness will keep you, your family and above all people of the country safe," she said.