RAJSHAHI: A number of 17 more people, including six women, died at corona unit of Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) during the last 24 hours till 6:00 am on Monday, taking the death toll to 453, so far, this month.
RMCH Director Brig Gen Shameem Yazdany told newsmen that 12 of those were the residents in Rajshahi, followed by two from Natore and one each from Chapainawabganj, Naogaon and Kushtia districts. Among the deaths, eight tested positive for corona and nine had its symptoms, he said, adding that Sunday’s fatality figure was 14.
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.
Meanwhile, 137 people found positive for corona after testing 445 samples in Rajshahi’s two laboratories on Sunday, showing 30.78 percent positivity rate against 45.07 percent on Saturday.
Yazdany 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. The oxygen demand has gone up by around 3,000 liters, particularly during the last couple of weeks. Demand for oxygen has been rising continuously for the last couple of months in the wake of escalation of patients in the hospital.
Yazdany 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.