Fighting Corona

Govt doubles hospital beds: Minister

Staff Correspondent

7 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government has doubled the number of general and ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds in Covid-19 hospitals in the wake of a spike in coronavirus infection around the country, said health and family welfare minister Zahid Maleque.

“The number of beds in hospitals has increased to 5,000 from 2,500. And 1,000 more beds have been added in private hospitals,” he said.

The health minister came up with the statements while talking to reporters after visiting Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Covid-19 hospital in Mohakhali on Tuesday.

The minister said, “If the number of coronavirus patients increases by 500 to 1,000 every day, it won’t be possible to accommodate all patients even though the entire Dhaka city is turned into a hospital.”

He said the daily coronavirus infection rate was 2.3 per cent, but it has now jumped to 24 per cent.

Maleque said people have to abide by the 18-point directives properly issued by the Prime Minister to reduce the number of death and infection.

Health Service Secretary Lokman Hossain Mia, Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam and DNCC hospital Director Brig Nasir Uddin were present.

The government is turning the DNCC kitchen market into the country’s largest coronavirus hospital which has 1,000 general beds, 100 incentive care units (ICU) and 122 high dependency units (HDU) with the central oxygen facilities available here.

It is the largest Covid-19 hospital in terms of general and ICU beds, DGHS sources said.