DMCH is overwhelmed with patients from Dhaka as well as all nearby districts
Morzina Sultana, 55, a nursing supervisor at Pirojpur Sadar Hospital, contracted Covid-19 while on duty. The doctors there referred her to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) when her condition deteriorated.
On Wednesday, Morzina was shifted to the DMCH Coronavirus unit, said her daughter Sinthia Sharmin.
Mokbul Hossain, 50, a resident of Shafipur in Tangail, came to DMCH on the same day with breathing difficulties since the local doctors there had referred him here.
Officials at the admission counter in the Coronavirus unit said 32 patients were admitted with Covid-19 symptoms along with positive cases between morning and afternoon of Wednesday.
Patients from Munshiganj dominated the list. Besides, patients were also coming from Dhaka, Pabna, Kishoreganj, Bogra and Savar, said the officials.
Salma Begum, 40, a resident of Savar’s Nabinagar, had been suffering from asthma for some time. “We first took my mother to a local doctor and later to the government hospital,” her son Shimul said.
He continued: “The local hospital is too crowded and takes a long time to treat a patient. It was also difficult to travel from home to the hospital in the lockdown. So, I brought my mother to DMCH on Wednesday morning, considering the facilities in the hospital.
“All our relatives also live in Dhaka.”
A hospital staffer working at the counter, preferring anonymity, said most of the patients admitted there were from different districts and used the address of their relatives in Dhaka during admission.
It was observed that many patients were leaving after being treated. However, many patients who were admitted to general beds now require ICU, but the number of ICU beds is inadequate. They were therefore having to shift to private hospitals.
Suborna Mostofa brought her mother from Baghmara upazila of Rajshahi to Dhaka and admitted her at DMCH on June 21 with coronavirus symptoms. Later she tested Covid-19 positive.
Doctors told her to shift her mother to the ICU as her condition had deteriorated. She said: “We could not get an ICU bed even after waiting for two days. Now I am taking my mother to a private hospital.”
DMCH Assistant Director Ashraful Alam said: “Our hospital has a total of 780 beds, including ICU and HDU beds, for patients with Covid-19 symptoms as well as those infected. The number of patients is currently very high. As many as 630 patients were admitted till Wednesday.”
When asked about ICU beds, he said: “There is no vacant ICU bed in the hospital. As soon as a bed becomes vacant, it is given to the next patient in the queue.”
Recently, new beds have been prepared in the ICU. Hopefully, they will be in place from next week. In that case, the ICU bed crisis would be alleviated, he stated.