'No alternative to increasing hospital capacity'

News Desk
1 April 2021, Thu
Published: 07:30

'No alternative to increasing hospital capacity'

Health Minister Zahid Maleque said that there’s no alternative to increasing the number of hospital beds as Covid cases are increasing day by day. That’s why the government is increasing the number of beds at all covid-dedicated hospitals.

Zahid Maleque said this while inaugurating 10 ICU beds at Dhaka Medical College Hospital at an online event.

He said the number of covid-designated hospitals are also being increased. A market of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has been turned into a Covid-dedicated hospital with 1,250-bed capacity.

“There are 50 ICU beds and 200 SDO beds,” he said. It also has 1,000 isolation beds. The number of covid beds is being increased at government hospitals in the capital.

On the other hand, the minister said that 10 more ICU beds have been added to Dhaka Medical College Hospital today.

Hospitals would run out of space if the number of infections keep rising. He urged everyone to put in concerted efforts to flatten the curve.

He said that the situation will become dire if we don’t follow health rules and the 18 directives issued by the Prime Minister.