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Birdem’s ICU locked down after 4 patients test positive for Covid-19

  • Published at 09:38 am April 23rd, 2020
Birdem General Hospital, Dhaka Collected

Family members of one patient hid the fact of coming into contact with an Italy returnee

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Birdem General Hospital has been put under lockdown after 4 patients tested positive for Covid-19.

Birdem Joint Director Dr Najimul Islam confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday.

“There were 6 patients at the ICU and 4 of them tested positive with Covid-19. The ICU service will remain inactive for seven days in order to get it disinfected,” he said.

This happened after family members of one of the patients having diabetes hid the matter of him coming into contact with a returnee from Italy and also the fact that the patient was having breathing problem.

“The patient was first admitted at the Nephrology department of the hospital and later at the ICU after his condition deteriorated further."

On April 14, the 68-year-old patient was admitted to Birdem with low sugar-level.

“His sample was tested for Covid-19 from BSMMU but the results came negative for the first time. Again, after a few days, in line with the WHO and DGHS recommendation, a second test was done and this time the result came positive and the patient was sent to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for treatment” Najimul said.

“After the patient was sent to CMH, we tested the rest of the five patients at the ICU and three of them tested positive for Covid-19. They were later sent to Kurmitola General Hospital,” the Birdem joint director added.

All the doctors and nurse and caregivers at the ICU were sent for home-quarantine.

The hospital authority also decided not to admit any patient with coronavirus symptoms.

Many doctors at the hospital complained that they were not provided with PPEs and the masks given to them were of low quality and did not meet the N95 requirement.