Relatives of Abul Hossain are in tears as his body is being put into an ambulance in front of the Covid unit of DMCH yesterday. The 48-year-old Covid patient was admitted to the hospital on Eid day with chest pains and breathing difficulties. Photo: Anisur Rahman
The Covid pandemic has entered a phase where hospitals across the country are being pushed to their limits.
General beds are scarce, while it requires days of queues and lobbying to get critical care beds.
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With more and more Covid patients needing hospital admission, Health Minister Zahid Maleque yesterday said the healthcare system is overwhelmed.
“There will be no space in hospitals for patients if the novel coronavirus infections continue to rise,” he told journalists.
Yesterday, three out of every 10 samples tested positive for Covid.
About one-third of the hospitals providing Covid treatment had bed occupancy rate of more than 75 percent over the past week, according to government data.
There are 336 Covid-dedicated hospitals in the country, and 24 of those are at full capacity with no empty bed, shows data from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
The intensive care units (ICUs) in almost all of these hospitals are filled to capacity.
The ICU bed occupancy rate at hospitals across the country was 87 percent yesterday.
Talking to journalists, Zahid said, “To bring down the number of Covid patients, we have to reduce infections.”