Coronavirus in Bangladesh

Around 15pc Corona patients need hospital care

Mohammad Al Amin

3rd July, 2020 11:43:27 printer

Around 15pc Corona patients need hospital care

Around 15 percent of coronavirus infected patients are in need of hospital admission in Bangladesh as a total of 1,56,391 cases have so far been detected.

“Of the total cases, on average 15 percent Covid-19 patients have taken treatment in hospitals across the country,” said Dr Ayesha Akther, Assistant Director, Health Emergency Operation Center & Control Room of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). 

According to DGHS, a total of 8,17,347 samples were tested while 1,56,391 coronavirus infection cases have been detected in the country till July 3.

Of the total detected Covid patients, 29,256 were admitted in hospitals while 1,27135 patients took treatment from home.  

Addressing the regular health bulletin of DGHS, its additional Director General (admin) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana said 3,114 coronavirus infected patients have been detected in 24 hours till Friday morning while 578 have been admitted to hospitals.

She said a total of 4,708 Covid-19 patients remain admitted to general beds of the hospitals including in Dhaka city till Friday morning while 209 were in ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds.

Dr Nasima said there are a total of 14,775 general beds and 401 ICU beds in hospitals for such patients. Of the total, there are 6,075 general beds and 149 ICU beds in the capital.

Talking to daily sun, some health experts said most of the coronavirus infected patients do not rush to hospital as there is no need to get admitted to hospital for all patients.

Only severe patients have to get admitted to hospitals for better treatment. 

“The rate of admission of Covid-19 patients in hospital is low around the world as maximum patients make recovery taking treatment from home. The patients that carry severe symptoms like breathing problem requires hospital admission for better treatment,” Prof Dr Nazrul Islam, former vice-chancellor at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) told daily sun.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), around 1 in every 5 people who are infected with Covid-19 develops difficulty in breathing and requires hospital care.

People who are aged over 60 years, and people who have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease or hypertension are among those who are at greater risk of developing severe or critical illness if infected with the virus, WHO added.

According to US CDC, if anyone has a fever, cough or other symptoms, the person might have Covid-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.

The virologists said there is no difference of the nature of virus in Bangladesh and around the world while there is no change of the characteristics of the deadly virus yet here.

Prof Dr Nasima said a total of 1,968 Covid-19 patients died in Bangladesh while 68,048 made recovery from the disease.

“The death rate is 1.26 percent while the recovery rate is 43.51 percent in Bangladesh.”

There is no specific treatment or medicine for Covid-19 but the patients can recover through supportive care.