C-19 hospital facilities expanded for Rohingyas, locals in Cox’s Bazar
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in collaboration with Sadar Hospital and the government of Bangladesh, inaugurated the expansion of medical services for patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms in the Cox's Bazar district Sadar Hospital on Monday.
The event was attended by the President of the Hospital Management Committee and MP Shaimum Sarwar Kamal, Superintendent and Assistant Director of Sadar Hospital Dr. Rafik-Us-Saleheen, Principal of Cox's Bazar Medical College, a Representative of the Superintendent of the Police, the RRRC Health Sector Coordinator, as well as UNHCR Senior Operations Coordinator Hinako Tokiamong others.
In June 2020, the first Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and High Dependency Unit (HDU) were opened in Cox's Bazar, with UNHCR support.
The ICU currently has a capacity of 10 beds with 11 ventilators and 2 portable ventilators, and 8 HDU beds available for those with severe symptoms.
This expansion will significantly expand the capacity to respond, with 20 additional beds for patients with severe symptoms, said the UN refugee agency.
In addition to the 20 extra beds, UNHCR has also provided support for the refurbishment of the new ward, as well human resources support, with 43 new staff who have been recruited, including 10 medical doctors, 15 staff nurses, a Senior Nurse, an Infection Prevention and Control Supervisor, 8 cleaners and 8 ward staff.
Medication and specialized equipment including beds, walled oxygen, oxygen pumps, infusion and syringe pumps and specialized medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have also been provided.
"We will always remember the support provided by UNHCR and the UN organisations for both refugees and for our people. Nobody can progress without support and the will to work together," said MP Shaimum Sarwar Kamal.
Since the ICU and HDU were opened on June 20th, 124 patients in need of critical care support have been admitted and received care in the Sadar Hospital ICU. -UNB