Health authorities have decided to set up a separate unit for providing treatment to Covid-positive pregnant women, aiming to mitigate the huge pressure on the existing corona treatment facilities in Barishal.
Divisional Health Director Dr Basudev Kumar Das said, “We will set up the unit at the 20-bed Ma O Sishu Kalyan Kendra in the city’s Kalibari Road. Pregnant women testing positive for Covid-19 will be treated at the dedicated unit."
"Two more 300-bed private hospitals will also be turned into corona hospitals to reduce the huge pressure of Covid patients on the already-stretched Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital," the health director said.
These decisions were taken at a virtual meeting with the divisional committee of the Health Ministry, in view of the worsening Covid-19 situation in the division, said Dr Basudev.
Deputy Commissioner of Barishal Jashim Uddin Haider presided over the meeting held on Monday.
Dr Tayubur Rahman, deputy director of the divisional family planning department, said, “We can start admitting pregnant women at the Ma O Sishu Kalyan Kendra from Wednesday itself but the doctors and the nurses at the centre need proper training."
"Besides, there is no oxygen plant available. However, steps are being taken to open it at the earliest," he added.
Besides, steps are taken to prepare the 100-bed Ambia Memorial Hospital and 250-bed South Apollo Medical College & Hospital as Covid hospital if the situation worsens further, he said.
According to the health authorities, Barishal division has logged as many as 16 new Covid deaths in 24 hours till Wednesday morning.
Besides, 773 people were found infected with the virus during the same period.