ICU beds scanty at Ctg hospitals

Yasir Silmy

29 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

ICU beds scanty at Ctg hospitals

CHATTOGRAM: The crises of general and ICU beds at the hospitals providing corona treatment have now appeared as a matter of grave concern as the number of corona patients is increasing rapidly in Chattogram. 

Sources said the number of the patients exceeded 2,000 till Wednesday against the total capacity of 450 beds at the five hospitals where the treatment is available.

The highest number of 215 patients was detected as corona positive in a single day on Wednesday.

A total of 61 persons died, 2,200 were infected by the highly contagious virus and 197 of them recovered in Chattogram so far.

The death rate of corona patients is around three percent while recovery rate stands at 10 per cent, said the sources concerned.  Professionals like doctor, police, government official, politician, businessmen, bankers and journalists are also being affected beside the mass people every day.

But, against the increasing number of corona patients, the number of beds at the concerned hospitals is insufficient.

There are also shortages of bed at intensive care unit (ICU) of the corona treatment providing hospitals. The sources said there are only 450-beds at the five hospitals for the corona patients in the port city.

 Of them, the Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Disease (BITID) has 30 beds while Chattogram General Hospital 150 general and 10 ICU beds, Chattogram Field Hospital 60 beds, Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) 100 beds and Holy Crescent Hospital 100 beds for the patients of Chattogram.

Most of the hospitals stopped admitting patients due to bed crisis and are encouraging the patients without complexities to receive treatment from residences.

On the other hand, private hospitals didn’t come forward to tackle the crisis with the government hospitals though the government issued a notice of using six private hospitals gradually after bed shortage at the government hospitals.

The sources said around two crore people live in Chattogram division and it has become corona hotspot with third position on the list after Dhaka and Narayanganj in the country.

Receiving treatment at residence increases the risk of spreading corona virus and imperfect treatment, they said.

Following the bed crisis, the Health Ministry declared Bangabandhu Memorial Hospital (BBMH) and Imperial Hospital Limited located in the city’s Khulshi area as dedicated hospitals for corona treatment in Chattogram on Tuesday last. Imperial has a total of 350 beds and BBMH 200 beds.

These two hospitals will address the crisis to some extent if the concerned authorities can prepare them as early as possible to increase the beds, they said.

The authority also kept the Railway Hospital, City Corporation General Hospital and Chattogram Port Hospital as reserved for the corona treatment.

Contacted, the BITID Director Professor Dr Abul Hasan Chowdhury said they have no option to increase the bed and admit the patients.  "We dedicated the hospital for corona treatment and it became fulfill now. So, the authority will have to arrange new hospitals to cope with the increasing number of the patients," he said.  General Hospital Senior Consultant Dr Abdur Rob Masum said they don’t allow all the patients to take admission for insufficient bed.

"We have 150 general and 10 ICU beds. But, the pressure of the corona affected and suspected patients is very high now," he said.  "We want to provide treatment to all. But, we discourage some patients to admit following lack of complexities in heath condition and sufficient beds," said Dr Rob.