'So we demand the government set up a hospital geared to treating patients suffering from infectious diseases'
The Bangladesh Society of Medicine has demanded that the government establish a hospital dedicated to treating people infected by infectious diseases like coronavirus.
Following the coronavirus outbreak in China, the Society in association with the Ministry of Health launched a handbook on coronavirus infection as an interim guidance at a program at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Thursday.
Professor Dr Robed Amin of the Department of Medicine at DMCH and Professor Dr Quazi Tarikul Islam of Popular Medical College Hospital dwelled on the details relating to the handbook.
Dr Robed said: "If people are affected by the virus and take admission at different hospitals, the chances of a spread of the disease will increase.
"So we demand the government set up a hospital geared to treating patients suffering from infectious diseases."
Focusing on the clinical side, Dr Quazi Tarikul said that uncomplicated illnesses such as fever, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, malaise, headache and muscle pain can be felt due to coronavirus.
"If we have a dedicated hospital, all suspected and affected patients of coronavirus can be treated at the same place. Moreover, the place may be cordoned off to prevent the spread of the virus," he mentioned.
Speaking as the chief guest, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Zahid Maleque said that the government had taken many initiatives to prevent the virus from spreading.
"Scanners have been installed in each of the entry points of the country. The district administrations have also been directed to prepare an isolated unit at every hospital," he said.
Necessary measures are the only way to prevent the virus, the minister said, adding that the handbook would be distributed to each and every hospital across the country.