'The number of Covid-19 cases has increased by five to six times more following Eid travel,' says Zahid Maleque
Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said the government has planned to vaccinate at least 10 million people each month, with the help of the 210 million vaccines that are expected to arrive from different sources.
The minister revealed the information while talking to reporters after visiting a field hospital at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Sunday, reports UNB.
“There’s no alternative to vaccination to prevent the Covid-19 transmission,” he said, reminding all of a looming crisis of hospital beds as Covid cases keep rising.
Seventy-five percent of the very recent patients admitted to different hospitals in Dhaka are holidaymakers who have returned from villages after Eid, said the minister.
“The number of Covid-19 cases has increased by five to six times more following Eid travel,” he said.
The minister said the BSMMU field hospital opened for treating Covid-19 patients with 1,000 beds, including 200 ICU and HDU beds, is set to start operations from Saturday.
The increasing number of Dengue patients at hospitals is creating a new kind of crisis amid the risk of Covid-19 transmission, said Zahid Maleque.
He said the government is planning to designate hospitals for Dengue treatment considering the sensitivity of the situation.