Fifty-three of 200 patients admitted to Dhaka North City Corporation Covid-19 Hospital died in a week after it had started operations.
The hospital’s intensive care unit capacity is now occupied.
The dedicated Covid hospital, which experienced a surge of patients in the first few days after the inauguration, however, is now receiving a much lesser number of patients, officials said.
The hospital was treating 185 patients, 97 of them in the ICU unit, Monday afternoon.
It also discharged around 20 patients in the past few days, said the hospital’s director, Brig Gen AKM Nasir Uddin.
He said that so far, 53 people admitted to the hospital had died.
The hospital authorities said that they had so far treated 726 patients, mostly at the outdoor.
The 1,000-bed hospital, which was opened partially on April 18, was filled within two days due to the rush of patients.
The sudden surge had also exposed a shortage on manpower but the hospital authorities increased the manpower and were expanding treatment capacities.
The hospital director said that they had 100 beds in the ICU.
The rest beds are in high dependency unit with high flow nasal cannula facilities and in general cabins.
The director said that most of the patients were in critical conditions and needed a close supervision.
The hospital received 189 patients on the first day of operation, 161 in the second day and 99 in the third day.
The patients’ turnouts have fallen for the past three days with less than 50 per day coming to the hospital, said officials.
New Age found that 60-year-old Yasmin Hossain was discharged from the hospital Monday afternoon although she had yet to test negative for Covid-19
Yasmin was heading for her home at Shahjahanpur in Dhaka with her son Sojib Hossain.
Sojib said that his mother’s oxygen saturation level fell to 80 per cent a week ago and she was rushed to the DNCC hospital.
Her saturation level is now 94 per cent and doctors discharged her, saying that she is doing well, he said.
The family expressed their satisfactions with the treatment facilities in the hospital.
About 175 doctors and 250 nurses are currently working in the hospital.
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