The largest makeshift hospital in the country for treating coronavirus infected patients at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital is getting ready to be inaugurated shortly.
Sources claimed that the hospital works are almost completed to be opened anytime by the government authorities concerned.ICCB will be used as hospital for the time being. The convention centre will return to its previous status housing trade fair and other events after the corona is over.
Officials of Health Engineering Department (HED) of the government are supervising the construction work of the noble initiative undertaken by Bashundhara Group, one of the largest industrial conglomerates of the country.
ICCB Chief Executive MM Jasim Uddin along with HED Executive Engineer Masudul Alam on Friday briefed media about the progress of the work.
The hospital is expected to be operational by the end of this month. However, finalization of date of inauguration depends on the ministry of health. However, Health Minister Zahid Maleque is yet to visit the hospital.
Officials of HED and Bashundhara Group have been working relentlessly for last couple of weeks to expedite the hospital works.
MM Jasim Uddin said the hospital will take three more days to be complete.“Initially, we have decided to set up 2,084 beds including 71 Intensive Care Units (ICU). As of Friday, 750 beds were ready,” he said. If necessary, hospital will be expanded with more beds, he added.
Earlier, Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan sent a written proposal to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to construct a makeshift a hospital at the ICCB in the capital’s Kuril Bishwa Road area for coronavirus infected patients.
Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir formally tendered the proposal to Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus at the PMO. The premier accepted the proposal instantly. Besides, Sayem Sobhan Anvir also donated Tk 10 crore to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.
Bashundhara Group has designated its trade centre with 150 thousand square feet and four convention centres with 90 thousand square feet for the noble cause of treating people infected with the deadly virus which has seriously affected Bangladesh like other parts of the world.
Meanwhile, the noble initiative of the Bashundhara Group to convert its trade centre and convention centre into a makeshift hospital has already been acclaimed at home and abroad.
Diplomats of different foreign missions and United Nations (UN) agencies in Dhaka have highly appreciated the Bashundhara Group’s initiative. They said the country’s largest hospital will contribute greatly to the treatment of coronavirus patients.
Besides, United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based newspaper ‘Khaleej Times’ has lauded the noble initiative of Bashundhara Group.