Two teams of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and Bangladesh Army on Monday visited the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB), the proposed site for Bashundhara Group’s 5,000-bed hospital.
The visit came a day after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accepted Bashundhara Group’s proposal to set up a 5000-bed hospital for corona patients at the ICCB.A five-member team from the DGHS, including two experts from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Alumni Association led by Dr Mohammed Eunus Ali, Deputy Director of the DGHS (Hospital 2) and a 20-member team of the 12th Engineer Battalion of Bangladesh Army led by Lieutenant Colonel Badrul, visited the ICCB.
After visiting the proposed site, Dr Shafiur Rahman, assistant director of the DGHS (Hospital 1), told reporters that teams of the DGHS and the army visited the ICCB for a feasibility study on setting up the hospital.
“We primarily visited the convention centers of the ICCB. We will analyse and take steps to set up isolation unit, ICU and other units for the treatment of coronavirus patients,” he added.
Shafiur said that the tent area of the ICCB may be turned into around 2,500-bed isolation unit, one convention center will be turned into ICU or ventilator station unit and other convention centers will be turned into hospital.
“The health ministry, the DGHS, the army and the BUET Alumni Association will work jointly for the hospital of Bashundhara Group,” he added.
The DGHS official hoped that with the assistance of Bashundhara Group, they can provide services for Covid-19 patients in the largest hospital to be set up at the ICCB.“Bashundhara Group’s initiative to set up the hospital is a great job. Bashundhara Group has showed its nobility and generosity. If others like Bashundhara Group come forward with cooperation, we can face the coronavirus situation,” Shafiur Rahman said.
Talking to reporters, M. M. Jasim Uddin, Chief Operating Officer of the ICCB, said it is easily possible to set up the hospital for Covid-19 patients with the government’s capacity and support from Bashundhara Group.
“Initially, we are committed to providing necessary support for setting up the hospital. We also will try to give other support as per the government’s directive,” he added.
Mohammed Golam, Chief Coordinator to the Managing Director of Bashundhara Group, said, “We will extend our all-out cooperation to set up the hospital on the instruction of our Bashundhara Group owner.”
Earlier, Bashundhara Group’s proposal to set up the country’s largest 5000-bed hospital for corona patients was accepted on Sunday by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The premier gave the go-ahead after Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan sent a written proposal to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), expressing the desire to set up the hospital amid the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Managing Director of Bashundhara Group Sayem Sobhan Anvir formally handed over the proposal to Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus at the PMO to get the approval from the premier.
Bashundhara Group proposed that a trade centre with 1,50,000 square feet and four convention centres with 90,000 square feet can be turned into hospitals as the country has been fighting to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The premier welcomed the offer and thanked Bashundhara Group for its humanitarian gesture.
The country’s leading business conglomerate also donated Tk 100 million to the PM’s relief fund to help the government face the upcoming challenges.
The COVID-19, which was first reported in China’s Wuhan, has been spread to nearly 200 countries across the globe.
After locking down Wuhan, the Chinese government set up a 1000-bed hospital to treat patients with coronavirus.
Considering the upcoming challenges, the Bashundhara Group proposed the government that it would build the largest hospital in South Asia to pave ways for treating the patients with the deadly bug.
“We believe that the move will play a significant role and help you (Prime Minister) in facing the future challenge of providing treatment for the patients with coronavirus,” Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, chairman of the Bashundhara Group, wrote in his proposal.