DHAKA: Country's largest hospital for coronavirus (COVID-19) is scheduled to open this month, Health Secretary Md Asadul Islam said this and also expressed his satisfaction over the facilities of the infrastructure after visiting the site on Tuesday (April 28).
Government Health Engineering Department and Bashundhara Group jointly constructed the infrastructure as the business conglomerate moved forward to transform its trade centre into a makeshift hospital to check corona outbreak in the country.
Health Secretary Md Asadul Islam talked to media about the development and progress of the hospital at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital today.
Among others, Health Engineering Department Chief Engineer Brigadier General Mohammad Osman Sarwar, Daily Sun Editor Enamul Hoque Chowdhury, HED Additional Chief Engineer Abdul Hamid and Executive Engineer Mashdul Alarm were present on the occasion.
The hospital has some facilities including food catering for patients and medical staff and wide parking space, official claimed.
Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan sent a written proposal to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to construct a makeshift hospital at the ICCB in the capital’s Kuril Bishwa Road area for treating coronavirus infected patients.
Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir formally placed the proposal to Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus at the PMO. The premier accepted the proposal instantly. Besides, Sayem Sobhan Anvir also donated Tk 100 million to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.
Expressing gratitude to Bashundhara Group, Health Secretary Asadul Islam said the hospital enables the government to provide treatments to many patients in the emergency situation of the country.
“The Health Engineering Department has been working relentlessly to complete the tasks within minimum time. Our preparation is almost finished. All medical equipment, including oxygen facilities have been installed here. We are hopeful to open the hospital at the end of this month. And it would be a great place for isolation and treatment of corona patients," he said.
Regarding the safety of medical staff, Health Secretary further said that a plan has been taken to ensure safety of doctors, nurses and other medical staff. Health Engineering Department has formulated the access protocol to the hospital, guidelines on quarantine of the patients as well.
Asadul Islam said the authorities concerned have taken maximum measures to keep the doctors and medical staff safe and out of infection of the contagious disease.
"We have emphasised on roaster based duty. Besides, first aid facilities and specialised physicians will be available to provide instant treatment to any doctors and nurses," he said.
The Health Secretary informed that the admission of COVID-19 patients at the hospital depends on the trend of corona cases in the days to come.
Health Engineering Department Chief Engineer Brigadier General Mohammad Osman Sarwar said around 90 percent work have been completed and now the finishing tasks are going on.
Officials informed that the ICCB will be used as a hospital for the time being. The convention centre will be returned to its previous status for holding trade fair and other events after the corona is over.
Health Engineering Department (HED) of the government supervised the construction work of the noble initiative undertaken by Bashundhara Group, the leading business conglomerate in the country.
Officials of HED and Bashundhara Group have been working relentlessly for the last couple of weeks to expedite the hospital works.
ICCB Chief Executive Jasim Uddin informed that there will be 2,084 beds for corona patients, including 71 Intensive Care Units (ICU) and the number will be increased, if needed.
Bashundhara Group has designated its trade centre with 150 thousand square feet and four convention centres with 90 thousand square feet for the noble cause of treating people infected with the deadly virus which has seriously affected Bangladesh like other parts of the world.
Meanwhile, the noble initiative of the Bashundhara Group to convert its trade centre and convention centre into a makeshift hospital has already been acclaimed at home and abroad.
Diplomats of different foreign missions and United Nations (UN) agencies in Dhaka have highly appreciated the Bashundhara Group’s initiative. They said the largest hospital in the country will contribute greatly to the treatment of coronavirus patients.
BDST: 1753 HRS, APR 28, 2020