Maa O Shishu Hospital began treatment of COVID-19 patients from Saturday in Chattogram.
Hasan Mahmud, Information Minister and joint general secretary of Awami League inaugurated the newly built treatment facility as chief guest through a video conference at 12 noon on Saturday.
The minister said that patients have been dying at the doors of hospitals which was unbearable.
‘Refusing treatment to patients at hospitals is a crime against humanity,’ he said and added that the government was monitoring the activities of all hospitals and it would take action in time.
Land minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Jabed, deputy minister for education barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel and city mayor AJM Nasir Uddin were virtually present at the inaugural ceremony as special guests.
Hospital director Nurul Haque said that primarily they prepared 10 ICU beds with central oxygen facilities and 20 isolation beds for the COVID-19 patients.
They have two ambulances for the transportation of CVOID-19 patients.
He said that from Sunday patients would be allowed admission to the hospital.
Vice-president Sayed Mohammad Morshed Hossain said that 10 more ICU beds and 50 general beds will be added to the hospital gradually.
He added that sample test activities will also start at the hospital soon.
‘If they get proper funding from the government, at a time some 400 patients would receive treatment at the hospital,’ he said.
Primarily, the government has allocated Tk 50 lakh for the doctors and nurses who would work in the COVID unit of the hospital.
Three times more manpower is needed as the doctors and nurses who are working in COVID unit would be going to quarantine for 14 days after completing their cycle.
The hospital completed the construction of the new 14-storey building of 850 beds at a cost of Tk 550 crore.
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