Accommodating corona patients to hospitals will become 'difficult'
Published : Wednesday, 7 April, 2021 at 10:57 PM Count : 224
Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said the transmission of deadly coronavirus has taken a serious turn in Bangladesh.
He said doctors, nurses and health workers are facing great difficulties to cope with the coronavirus infected patients. Many of the infected people are not receiving medical treatment visiting the hospitals, because none of the general beds or beds at intensive care units (ICUs) for Covid-19 patients is no more empty.
"It would become almost impossible to accommodate so many Covid-19 infected patients at the hospitals unless the coronavirus pandemic can be brought under controlled soon," he said.
The Health Minister was speaking at a discussion organised by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Wednesday on the occasion of World Health Day.
He also explained the government's initiatives to increase the beds for coronavirus infected patients at hospitals.
"We are trying to increase the number of beds at almost all the hospitals. Efforts are going on to increase the number of beds for coronavirus infected patients reducing the number of beds for general patients. Immense pressure has been created on the country's health services due to rise in the number of coronavirus infected patients. Doctors, nurses and health workers have become tired and exhausted by working round-the-clock at the hospitals. In spite of it, the authorities concerned have become unable to give them leave of absence," he said.
The Health Minister said, "Pressure of coronavirus infected patients has been rising. As a result, other patients, particularly, mothers and children are not receiving proper treatment. At the same time, treatment for other patients with cancer, kidney diseases and heart diseases is being disrupted at the hospitals."
Professor Dr Nazmul Islam, Director (Disease Control), DGHS, presented the keynote paper at the discussion.
Secretary to the Health Services Division Lokman Hossain, Secretary to the Medical Education and Family Welfare Division Ali Noor, Director General (Health) Prof. Dr. Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, and senior officials of the DGHS were present.