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Report: 386 die with coronavirus symptoms in Bangladesh

  • Published at 12:45 pm May 3rd, 2020
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64% of them died without receiving any treatment 

386 people have died with Covid-19 like symptoms in Bangladesh between March 8 and April 30, according to a research report. 

Of them, 12.8% went to hospitals to get consultation, 1.3% were refused treatment by the hospitals, 7.1% of them were in home quarantine, while 14.1% were treated at home, the report said. 

The research was conducted by a team of students and researchers at home and abroad, led by Anupam Shaikat, a Bangladeshi master's student now studying Energy and Environmental Sciences at the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

The team published the report evaluating the news of such deaths from various online media of Bangladesh.

From March 8 to April 30, some 386 death incidents were determined from 438 news items on 53 national media outlets, including Dhaka Tribune, online news portal Bangla Tribune, and bdnews24.com. 

The media did not clearly state but only reported symptoms as Covid-19 for 37 deaths. From among 345 people, 268 had fever, and 235 had respiratory complications as well (breathing problem/asthma). 246 people had at least two symptoms of fever, cough, cold, or asthma, and 149 had at least three symptoms. 

Of the deceased, 73 people died in March, and 313 in April, the report said. 

Of the victims, 265 were men and 109 were women. No information was found on 11 others. At least 20 children died from Covid-19 symptoms till April 30, the report said. 

Individuals aged 60 and over were in the majority (70), who died with symptoms of coronavirus infection.

 

The death rate in Bangladesh is not tallying up like in  Italy, Spain, or USA, where the death rate have shown in lower to upper direction with exponential amount, said the report.

The 386 deaths occurred in 61 districts, while Narayanganj witnessed the highest deaths (25). More than 10 people each died in Laxmipur, Shariatpur, Potuakhali, Mymensingh, Bogra, Gazipur, Tangail, Khulna, and Chittagong districts.

The report said samples were collected from 265 (89%) people after their demise, while 88 (23%) were not tested for Covid-19. Only 8.6% samples (from 33 people) were collected before their deaths.

14 persons were found in mosques, by the roadside, outside the hospital, and in tea gardens. After death, nobody touched the bodies until police arrived on the spot.  

Of the 386 dead, 156 died in their homes, 50 died before arriving at any hospital, and 139 people died after being admitted to hospitals.

The team of researchers did not confirm the professions of 132 deceased, but managed to confirm the professional identities of the other 254.


Deaths from Covid-19 symptoms

Deaths in March

73

Deaths in April

313

Number of men

265

Number of women

109

Number of children

20

Number of elderly people (Aged from 60 to above)

70

Number of districts

61

Sample collection

265

Not tested

88

Deaths in hospital

139

Source: Report - Deaths from Covid-19 symptoms and health system of Bangladesh 

Of them, 67 were farmers, drivers, fishermen, boatmen and day laborers. Among them 50 persons were elderly, children, retired persons, or disabled. 37 were housewives and 23 were students, 29 were businessmen, and 14 were employees of different organizations. There were seven health service providers, six teachers, five bankers, and four were from Bangladesh Police, Ansar, Bangladesh Navy, and a journalist. Three were cultural activists. 

Negligence in hospitals

The research paper also said many allegations were raised concerning these deaths, questioning the availability of doctors and nurses in isolation wards, nurses who did not visit patients or provide treatment, keeping themselves away from the patient's bed. They did not attend to patients despite being repeatedly called, providing food and medicine standing outside the room. Citing the lack of ICU and oxygen facilities, the reports also revealed that many of the health service providers, including 500 physicians, were also infected with the virus. 

According to the government’s Covid-19 report, the severe acute respiratory illness has claimed 177 lives and infected 9,455 people in the country as of Sunday.

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