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RMCH hits record Covid death toll in June

  • Published at 01:30 pm June 30th, 2021
RMCH Rajshahi Medical College Hospital
File photo shows a general view of the entrance of the Emergency and Casualty Unit of the Rajshahi Medical College Hospital Dhaka Tribune

Twelve more deaths recorded in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning

Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) marked a grim milestone Wednesday, as June became the deadliest month yet in its fight against Covid-19.

The hospital’s coronavirus unit, in the last 30 days, recorded a total of 352 deaths with 12 more fatalities being reported in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning.

The fatalities reported in the previous months this year – January - 29, February - 17, March - 31, April - 79, and May - 124 – signifies the upward trend of the pandemic in the bordering division. 

The highest number of deaths recorded last year was in August when 26 people died from Covid-19.

RMCH Director Brig Gen Shamim Yazdani informed that eight of the latest Covid victims were residents of Rajshahi. “Two were from Chapainawabganj and one each from Natore and Naogaon districts.”

Of the deceased, five tested positives for Covid-19 and the rest seven were suffering from its symptoms, the hospital chief added.

Yazdani said the hospital, on Tuesday, had counted a record number of 25 fatalities caused by the deadly virus since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Meanwhile, 63 more patients, including 43 from Rajshahi, eight from Chapainawabganj, six from Naogaon, four from Natore, and two from Pabna districts, were admitted to the designated ward of the hospital during the time, taking its number to 460.

"We have 405 beds in the Covid dedicated wards of the hospital," Yazdani added.

He said an additional 48-bed corona ward has been launched in the hospital recently to cope with the extra pressure.

Brig Yazdani opined that over 60% of the new Covid-19 patients admitted to RMCH are from the villages, clarifying that awareness among the villagers is less compared to the urban people.

Despite symptoms, they hesitate to go for tests. “They are only coming to the hospitals when they feel worse. Then we have nothing to do for them, they are dying,” he added.

He said utmost attention should be given to the villages in addition to the urban area as the fatality rate among the villagers is more and the grave situation is aggravating day-by-day there.

Apart from the administration and health workers, public representatives, political activists, and volunteers should come forward and work together. Otherwise, the situation may be furthermore alarming, he mentioned.