With a drop in the number of new coronavirus cases in the country, around 69 per cent of general beds and 47 per cent of ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds remained vacant in public and private hospitals across the country till Friday morning.
“The number of vacant general beds and ICU beds are increasing as the number of coronavirus case is declining with a higher recovery rate among the existing patients,” Dr Md. Robed Amin, spokesperson for the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told the Daily Sun.Robed Amin, also the Line Director (NCDC) of the DGHS, also said the number of new cases and deaths will drop further in the coming days if people continue to maintain health guidelines including wearing masks and avoid public gatherings.
The DGHS said 2,127 new Covid-19 cases have been detected and 57 patients died in the last 24 hours till 8:00 am on Friday. At the same time, 4,325 Covid-19 patients recovered from the infection during this period.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said in epidemiological week 16, Bangladesh reported 26, 372 new cases, a 22.9 per cent decrease compared to last week; the case per 100 000 population per week is 15.5. The weekly new test is 175 434 (daily average: 25 062), a 4.9 per cent decrease than the week before; tests per 100 000 per week is 103; the weekly average test positivity rate (TPR) is 15.0 per cent. TPR decreased by 26.5 per cent from the previous week.
After the second wave of coronavirus infection hit the country, hospitals were overwhelmed with the Covid-19 patients. The abrupt rise in new Covid-19 cases created a crisis of general and ICU beds in hospitals across the country including in Dhaka.
Amid the rise in the number of patients, the government increased the number of general beds and ICU beds in government Covid-19 dedicated hospital, in Covid-19 units of specialized hospitals and set up the country’s biggest Covid-19 hospital with 1,200 beds at DNCC market in Mohakhali.
However, the pressure on general, as well as ICU beds for Covid-19 patients, has reduced over the past few days as the number of patients has dropped across the country.According to the data of the DGHS available till 8:00 am on April 30, around 69 per cent of general beds and 47 per cent of ICU beds in public and private hospitals across the country are now vacant.
It said there are 12,365 general beds and 1,084 ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds for Covid-19 patients in public and private hospitals across the country including in Dhaka.
Some 8,479 general beds and 509 ICU beds remained vacant as of Friday as a total of 3,886 Covid-19 patients were admitted to general beds and 575 were in ICU beds across the country.
In the capital, the DGHS data said 2,043 general beds and 65 ICU beds remain vacant out of a total of 3481 general beds and 251 ICU beds in government hospitals dedicated for Covid-19 patients. On the other hand, 1,487 general beds and 299 ICU beds remain vacant out of a total of 2,163 general beds and 512 ICU beds in private hospitals dedicated for Covid-19 patients in the capital.
Of the government hospitals in the capital, some 370 general beds and nine ICU beds remain vacant in Rajarbag Police Hospital, 256 general beds and zero ICU bed remained vacant Dhaka Medical College Hospital (unit 2) and burn unit of the hospital, Some 238 general beds and two ICU bed remain vacant in Mugda Medical College Hospital, Some 184 general beds and four ICU beds remain vacant in TB Hospital, Shyamoli, Some 182 general beds and two ICU beds remain vacant in Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital, 110 general beds and five ICU bed have remained vacant in Kuwait-Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital.
Some 58 general beds and zero ICU bed are vacant in Kurmitola General Hospital, 97 general beds and six ICU beds are vacant in Sheikh Russel Gastroliver Institute & Hospital, 74 general beds and one ICU bed remain vacant in Sarkari Karmachari Hospital, 127 general beds remain vacant in National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), 126 general beds and six ICU bed remain vacant in BSMMU and 85 general beds and 20 ICU beds remain vacant in DNCC Covid-19 dedicated hospital, the DGHS data said.
Talking to the Daily Sun, Prof Dr Tahmina Shirin, Director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said “Coronavirus infection rate has been declining recently which may be the result of the ongoing countrywide restriction on public movement. Whether this trend will continue or not depends completely on the adherence to the health guidelines.”
The first case of Covid-19 was detected in Bangladesh on March 8 last year while the first death was recorded on March 18 the same year.
The number of coronavirus tests and new cases started to decline in the first week of July last year and the fall continued till the first week of March this year.
The number of infections and deaths started rising from March 10 and jumped the single-day cases high in the middle of April.