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ED: We need more ICUs

  • Published at 12:00 am June 8th, 2020
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File photo of a ICU unit at a Hospital Dhaka Tribune

Our progress in setting up ICUs has been unacceptably slow

When we consider the fact that, in Bangladesh, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and subsequent deaths are rising every day, we should be doing everything in our power to ensure that we are prepared to the fullest extent possible.

This means doing our best to increase the resources we have to fight the pandemic but also ensuring that the resources we do have are not being wasted and are being used efficiently and effectively.

That is why it is especially difficult to excuse the fact that, of the 218 ICUs that Dhaka currently has, only 69 of them remain functional, to say nothing of the ones outside of the capital.

The government, in partnership with the private sector, has no doubt taken steps to ensure that an already bad situation is not worsened further, recruiting new medical staff and increasing test rates.

But, despite having had almost three months since the first detection of coronavirus patients, our progress in setting up ICUs has been unacceptably slow, leaving many patients unattended, with reports of hospitals having to refuse patients every day as a result.

It is absolutely imperative that we understand that the health and safety of the nation must be prioritized at all costs, as it is the bedrock on which the rest of the nation can function effectively.

Bangladesh is already in the top 20 in the world when considering the number of total confirmed cases, and when one considers the fact that around 20% of coronavirus patients require ICUs for effective treatment, we cannot afford to be lagging behind.

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