100 new ICU beds are being set up while a process to bring necessary equipment to set up 300 more ICU beds is ongoing
The government has decided to add 400 new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds to the country’s government hospitals as a step toward tackling the coronavirus situation.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque disclosed the information at a press conference at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Saturday on the country's coronavirus situation, reports UNB.
"There are already 200 ICU beds in the country's government hospitals. Besides, the work on setting up 100 more such beds is underway while a process is on to bring necessary equipment to set up 300 more ICU beds," he said.
He said a developed country like Italy had only around 650 ICU beds. "People will benefit immensely if we can increase our ICU beds to 600."
Zahid Maleque said China would be beside Bangladesh and help overcome the coronavirus situation.
At the briefing, he confirmed a second death from coronavirus in the country.
"The total death from the coronavirus infection in the country is now two. Four new patients have been diagnosed with the disease," the minister said.
The deceased, aged around 73, had comorbidity, he added.
The minister said 50 people were in institutional quarantine and around 14,000 had been home-quarantined across the country.
Bangladesh reported the country's first death from coronavirus on March 18.
On March 8, the IEDCR reported for the first time the detection of three Covid-19 patients in Bangladesh.
The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of 11,398 people worldwide as of Saturday. It has so far infected 275,871 people around the world, according to worldometer.
Of them, 172,561 are currently being treated, with 7,765 being in serious or critical condition.
So far, 103,310 cases have had outcomes and of them 91,912 (89%) recovered while 11% died.
The World Health Organization on March 11 declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic.