Patient surge exposes lack of manpower at DNCC Covid hospital

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:30, Apr 22,2021


Dhaka North City Corporation Covid-19 Hospital at Mohakhali has faced a surge of patients after its operation began on Sunday.

The initial capacity of the 1,000-bed hospital, which has yet to start full-fledged operation, was filled within two days due to the rush of patients.

Initially, 50 intensive care unit beds were prepared for critical Covid patients but the number of ICU beds has been increased to 100 till Wednesday night for treating patients, said the hospital’s director, Brig Gen AKM Nasir Uddin.

The hospital had started operation with a 50-bed emergency ward but it was occupied within two days.

The hospital authorities have added another 35-bed emergency ward to accommodate patients and are trying to expand ICU facilities, said officials.

They said that the DNCC hospital was facing pressure as many patients from other hospitals were being shifted to it.

Nasir Uddin said that in the first two days of operation, the hospital treated 300 patients and of them, 124 had to be admitted.

He said that initially, they had prepared 50 beds with ICU facilities for the first week but more people were coming to their hospital and they were finding it difficult to give all the patients the ICU support.

‘We have manpower for 50-bed ICU facilities but with the current trend, we fear that the hospital will be out of capacity in two to three days,’ Nasir said.

The hospital authorities have informed the health ministry and the Armed Forces Division about the shortage, he said.

While inaugurating the hospital on Sunday, health minister Zahid Maleque said that the hospital with the central oxygen supply facility would be turned into a 1,000-bed dedicated Covid hospital by the end of this month.

By then, 212 beds will be installed as ICU beds and high dependency unit beds, hospital officials said.

The hospital’s director Nasir urged all not to shift patients from other hospitals to the DNCC hospital.

‘I am requesting repeatedly that patients who are already in other hospitals should not be shifted to our hospital, otherwise we will be rigid,’ said Nasir.

The hospital also recorded 13 Covid deaths between Sunday and Tuesday.

The hospital authorities have asked for 500 doctors, 700 nurses and 700 medical staff from the health ministry.

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