A number of 15 more people, including four female, died at Covid-19 unit of Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) during the last 24 hours till 6 am on Friday, taking the death toll to 282, so far, this month.
RMCH Director Brig Gen Shamim Yazdani told newsmen that 10 of those were the residents of Rajshahi, followed by two from Natore and one each from Naogaon, Pabna and Meherpur districts. They were aged between 21 and 65, he said.Among the deaths, five tested positive for Covid-19, eight had its symptoms and two others died after becoming negative for Covid-19, he said, adding that yesterday's fatality figure was 19.
Yazdani said the hospital also had counted 25 fatalities caused by Covid-19 on July 14 and June 29 last since the pandemic began.
Some 61 more patients were admitted to the designated wards of the hospital afresh during the time, taking its number to 498, including 242 tested positive for Covid-19. Another 20 patients are undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital.
Demand for oxygen has gradually been rising for the last couple of months in the wake of escalation of patients in the hospital.
At present, over 8,000 liters of oxygen are being supplied to the Covid-19 patients every day on an average in the hospital but the daily oxygen demand was only 2,500 liters in around two months back.
But, the oxygen demand has gone up by around 3,000 liters, particularly in the last one month.Yazdani opined over 60 percent of the new Covid-19 patients admitted to the Covid-19 unit of RMCH are from villages, reiterating that awareness among the villagers is less compared to the urban people.
Despite symptoms they hesitate to go for tests. “Only they are coming to the hospital when they feel worse. Then we have nothing to do for them, they are dying,” he continued.
He said utmost attention should be given to the villages along with urban areas as the fatality rate among the villagers is more and the grave situation is aggravating day-by-day there.
Apart from the administration and health workers, public representatives, political activists and volunteers should come forward and work together, otherwise, the situation may be further more alarming, he mentioned.