Hospital to soon get filled with Covid patients, says Health Minister, flags lack of adherence of guidelines
Dhaka, June 14: Coronavirus infection has started increasing again in the country. Even last month, where the corona infection rate was below one percent, it has now risen to three percent. Health Minister Zahid Maleque has expressed concern in this situation.
The minister said, "The way we are moving carelessly, it will not take long for the number of patients in Hapatal to increase." He said this while addressing a function at icddr,b auditorium in Mohakhali on Tuesday afternoon.
"We brought the coronavirus infection under control, but it is on the rise again in the country," he said. "In the last one month, the infection rate in the country was 0.6 percent, now it has risen above 2 percent. Every day 30 to 35 patients were diagnosed with the coronavirus daily, now it is increasing to 150 to 160. We fear that if our tests increase at the moment, the number of infections will increase."
Zahid Maleque said, "A good thing for us is that we do not have more than 20 patients in any hospital now. But the way we are moving carelessly, it will not take long for the number of patients to increase in the hospital. So we need to be more careful about our hygiene. We hope you all will follow the rules of hygiene."
In the last 24 hours, 162 more corona cases have been identified in the country, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). Of these, 149 have been identified in the capital Dhaka. So far, the total number of identified patients affected in Bangladesh stands at 19 lakh 54 thousand 405 people. The detection rate is 3.56 percent.
"We have launched a booster dose campaign to prevent corona infection," the minister said. "We have given booster doses to 2.5 crore people so far. Those who are left, will quickly take a booster dose, will be safe."
At the ceremony, 10 women were given research awards for their research on the centenary of Mujib. The government will give Tk 35 lakh to each of them.
Regarding the award, the minister said, women are moving forward. Most of the students in medical colleges are women. Seventy percent of those who applied for the award were women.