RAJSHAHI: A number of 14 more people died at corona unit of Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) during the last 24 hours till 6:00 am on Sunday, taking the death toll to 436, so far, this month.
RMCH Director Brig Gen Md Shameem Yazdany told newsmen that eight of those were the residents in Rajshahi, followed by three from Pabna and one each from Chapainawabganj, Natore and Chuadanga districts.
Yazdany said the hospital also had counted ever-highest 25 fatalities caused by corona on July 14 and June 29 last since the pandemic began.
Some 50 more patients were admitted to the designated corona wards of the hospital afresh during the time, taking its number to 416 against 513 beds.
Another 20 patients are undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital. Fifty other patients returned home after being cured during the time.
Yazdani said over 8,000 liters of oxygen are being supplied to the corona patients every day on an average in the hospital at present but the daily oxygen demand was only 2,500 liters in around two months back.
But, the oxygen demand has gone up by around 3,000 liters, particularly during the last couple of weeks.
Yazdani opined over 60 percent of the new corona patients admitted to the corona unit of RMCH are from villages, reiterating that awareness among the villagers is less compared to the urban people.
Despite symptoms they hesitate to go for tests. “Only they are coming to the hospital when they feel worse. Then we have nothing to do for them, they are dying,” he continued.
He said utmost attention should be given to the villages along with urban areas as the fatality rate among the villagers is more and the grave situation is aggravating day-by-day there.
Apart from the administration and health workers, public representatives, political activists and volunteers should come forward and work together, otherwise, the situation may be further more alarming, he mentioned.