High Court wants info on ICU beds, distribution

M Moneruzzaman | Published: 00:07, Jun 09,2020


The High Court on Monday directed the government to inform it on Wednesday about the total number of beds with ICU facilities in government and private hospitals, and how those were being distributed to treat COVID-19 patients. 

The online bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim also asked the government to inform whether ICU-beds were being distributed and monitored online centrally to know how many ICU beds were occupied or vacant.

The court expressed annoyance as patients roaming around roads without getting ICU-beds and mismanagement in distribution of such beds. 

The bench passed the verbal order during a hearing in a writ petition that has sought a directive to the disaster management ministry to use ICU-bed of the private  hospitals for the treatment of the COVID-19 patients.

The petitioner, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University’s deputy registrar Abdul Mannan said that there were 432 ICU beds in government hospitals and 734 in private hospitals.

He also sought another directive to distribute the ICU beds of the both government and private hospitals centrally so that people could track in online about vacancy of the beds. 

Petitioner’s lawyer Yeadia Zaman said that patients were moving from one hospital to another in search of ICU beds during the coronavirus time.

She said that many patients, including a deputy secretary of the government, died of COVID-19 on an ambulance while searching ICU facility.

Additional attorney general Murad Reza opposed the order to centrally distribute ICU beds saying that the government was monitoring the system through hotlines.

Patients suffered as they visited every hospital without calling in hotlines, he said.

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