Khulna’s lone dedicated hospital full to the brim
With the number of Covid-19 patients on the rise, the dedicated hospital for treating coronavirus in Khulna is struggling to cope with the pressure.
To accommodate patients, beds are being laid on the floors of the hospitals.
A 100-bed dedicated hospital for Covid patients has been set up on the ground floor of Khulna Medical College Hospital to treat patients in the division.
If a patient is admitted with Covid-19 symptoms, he or she is kept in the yellow zone. Once tested positive, that person is taken to the red zone. If found negative, they are being sent to another ward at the hospital.
According to hospital authorities, 130 patients were admitted to the hospital till yesterday morning. Of them, 62 were in red zone and 29 suspected patients in yellow zone while 21 in HDU.
In the last 24 hours, six people have died while undergoing treatment at the hospital. At present, 18 patients are being treated in the ICU.
Three more patients died with Covid-19 symptoms yesterday. Besides, in the last 24 hours, 80 tested positive out of 331 samples, which raised the positivity rate to24 percent.
Dr Suhash Ranjan Halder, resident medical officer at KMCH and focal person of the dedicated coronavirus hospital, said in the last 24 hours, 57 patients were admitted to the hospital.
Of them, 23 are in the red zone and 29 in yellow zone while 3 each in HDU and ICU, he added.
Due to lack of beds, patients are also suffering as they have to wait outside the hospital in long queues to get admitted.
Abdul Hi Shikder (80) of Bagerhat was brought to the hospital around 12:30pm on Monday.
Three days before, his test results showed that he was Covid positive. The family brought him to the hospital as he was having breathing complications.
"My father had to wait outside the hospital for three hours while he was having breathing complications," said his son Rashedul. He was able to get admitted around 3:30pm.
Dr Mehedi Nawaz, vice principal of Khulna Medical College, said they do not have logistical support at the hospital to cope with the rush of patients.
He said they would need another such unit there.
"Also, the number of doctors and nurses has to be increased. Otherwise, it will be difficult to handle the rush," he added.
So far, 294 people have died in the division from Covid-19.