Country’s largest Covid-19 hospital opens in city

Staff Correspondent

19 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque inaugurated the country’s largest Covid-19 dedicated hospital at DNCC market in the capital on Sunday.

Dhaka North City Corporation DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam was present at the inaugural programme as special guest.

“The second wave of Covid-19 has hit our country. The number of infection and death from the disease has been increasing day by day and so demand of ICU-bed is also increasing. In this situation, the DNCC market has been launched as a full-fledged Covid-19 dedicated hospital,” the health minister said.

“There are 1,000 beds including 212 ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds, 250 HDU (High Dependency Unit)

beds, 438 isolation rooms, 50 emergency beds including 30 for males and 20 for females at the hospital,” the minister said.

“There are also various other facilities including RT PCR lab, pathology lab, radio therapy centre, and x-ray,” he said.

“The hospital has been constructed only within 20 days. Initially, there will be 60 ICU beds, 50 emergency beds, and 150 general beds. 250 more beds will be ready within the next seven days and the hospital will be fully operable within April 29,” he also said.

"Oxygen support is the key to treat Covid-19 patients. We have ensured this arrangement in this hospital. At present, central oxygen is working in 100 hospitals in the country and work is going on to start the central oxygen system in 34 more hospitals. As a result, the oxygen facility will be ensured at 12,000 beds in hospitals across the country,” he added.

Hospital sources said more than 500 Covid-19 patients will receive high-flow oxygen support at a time at the hospital while 130 doctors, 200 nurses, 300 other staffers, and 100 army personnel have been assigned for the hospital.

The hospital will be run by the Armed Forces Division and overall support will be provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, Adjutant General of Bangladesh Army Major General Shakil Ahmed and DNCC Covid-19 Hospital director Brig Gen AKM Nasir Uddin, were among others present in the programme.