The coronavirus situation is gradually turning for the worse in the country as the deadly disease is spreading from towns to villages, taking a heavy toll on public life.
Health experts have warned if people do not abide by health guidelines properly, the corona situation may take an alarming turn anytime.Corona patients may face a crisis of ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds in hospitals across the country.
“The Covid-19 situation has worsened in the country. It has spread to different areas, including border districts. The rate of positive cases in test has increased while the number of death also has risen alarmingly,” Prof Dr Md Robed Amin, Line Director (NCDC) of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said in its health bulletin on Wednesday.
Mentioning that the government has imposed strict lockdowns on seven districts outside Dhaka to fight Covid-19, he requested the countrymen to maintain lockdown and health guidelines.
“Otherwise the DGHS has feared that the Covid-19 situation may take an alarming turn,” Dr Robed Amin said.
DGHS data shows the coronavirus situation has turned alarming in Khulna, Rajshahi, Barishal, Rangpur and Chattogram for the last few days while the situation of the capital has also worsened during the period.
The overall coronavirus positivity rate has crossed 20 percent as 5,727 infection cases were detected and 85 patients died in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning.Sources from different districts said the coronavirus cases have spread to many villages in the divisions, but a large number of patients are remaining out of the test for either their negligence or lack of consciousness and lack of nearby facilities to get tested. “More than 60 percent of Covid-19 patients are getting admitted in our hospital those are hailed from villages. Unfortunately, many patients coming from villages neglect the disease and do not maintaining health guidelines. A number of them are also delaying to come to hospitals. That’s why it is being difficult to save their lives,” Brigadier General Md. Shameem Yazdany, Director of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, told the Daily Sun.
He said 60 coroanvirus infected patients were detected and 16 people, including eight suspected and eight confirmed Covid-19 patients, died in RMCH in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organsiation (WHO) said in the epidemiological week 24 (June 14-20), all divisions experienced an increment of weekly new cases; the highest increase observed in Dhaka division, 114.4%, followed by the Rangpur division 86.7%, Mymensingh division 61.9%, Barishal division 49.6%, Khulna division 49.3%, Chattogram division 42.2%, Sylhet division 20.6% and Rajshahi division 12.9% .
In the epidemiological week 24, Bangladesh reported 24 746 new cases, a 55.3% increase compared to the week before; the case per 100 000 population per week is 14.5. The country reported 430 new death, a 54.1% increase; death per 100 000 per week is 0.3.
Prof Dr Tahmina Shirin, director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said, “People’s apathy to maintain health guidelines is the main reason behind increasing Covid-19 cases.”
She said the Indian variant of Covid-19 has spread to the country, particularly to border districts, as the community transmission of the strain has already taken place here.
Experts said with the increase in Covid-19 patients, the demand for hospital beds, including ICU ones, has been increasing and the patients may face a crisis of the both general and ICU beds if the current trend of rising the coroanvirus infection cases continues for long.
According to the DGHS data, there are 554 Covid-19 test cetres, 12,496 general beds and 1,134 ICU beds for Covid-19 patients in the public and private hospitals. Of the total, 5,156 general beds and 821 ICU beds in Dhaka city.
Dr Nazrul Islam, a member of the National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19, said, “Coronavirus infections have seen a rise in bordering districts and those are now transmitting to other parts of the country. The entire country is now at risk.”
“There’s no arrangement of adequate ICU beds and testing facility at district hospitals. The government has to increase the testing facility at the district level immediately in a bid to isolate the Covid-19 patients,” he added.
The first case of Covid-19 was detected on March 8 last year while the first death was recorded on March 18 the same year in the country.