60 pc Covid-19 dedicated beds still empty in hospitals: Health Minister

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Dhaka, July 30: Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Thursday stated that 60 percent Coronavirus dedicated beds in hospitals are still vacant due to proper measures taken by the government during the pandemic.

The minister came up with the remarks while attending the annual work agreement programme of Bureau of Health Education at the secretariat.

Earlier, central oxygen system was available only in Dhaka Medical College Hospital but now central oxygen system has been installed in around 70 hospitals in districts level, he said.

Hundreds of physicians are taking treatment for Covid-19 through online, Maleque said adding that “Treatments in corona dedicated hospitals are following the latest advice of the World Health Organization resulting in reducing the number of infections.”

Moreover, 30,000 nurses will be appointed to accelerate the improvement, he added.

The health sector of the country is now exactly in the right position to fight against Coronavirus, although there was delay to grasp the situation in the beginning, he insisted.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh on Thursday recorded 48 more deaths from coronavirus and 2, 695 new cases in the last 24 hours, mounting the death tally to 3,083.

So far, a total of 234,889 people were infected by the virus, according to the health authorities.

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