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Covid-19: Armed Forces to run isolation centre in Mohakhali’s DNCC market

Moreover, a 300-bed specialized hospital with 50 ICU beds is being set up on the sixth floor of the market

Update : 21 Jun 2020, 04:25 PM

The Armed Forces, with support from the Health Ministry, will operate a 1,000 bed Covid-19 isolation centre from the ground floor to fifth floor of Mohakhali’s DNCC market in Dhaka.

Covid-19 positive patients (mild cases), referred from different hospitals, will undergo treatment at this isolation centre.

If the condition of any admitted patient deteriorates or requires advanced treatment, he or she will be shifted to the nearest specialized hospital. The mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) will supervise the activities of the hospital.

A brigadier general of the army will be the director of the isolation centre. The Armed Forces will appoint a core group of doctors, healthcare workers, and administrative officers to ensure well-management of the organization. 

The Department of Health will recruit the other doctors and health workers, required to run the isolation centre. The administrative arrangements and overall security of the isolation center will be ensured by the Armed Forces. 

Necessary steps are being taken to launch the isolation centre in phases.

Moreover, a 300-bed specialized hospital with 50 ICU beds is being set up on the sixth floor of the DNCC market, with funding from the World Health Organization and supervision of the Ministry of Health. 

If required, hospitals will provide pathological lab and ICU support to the isolation centre run by the Armed Forces.

On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first case of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by the new strain of coronavirus, Sars-CoV-2. It recorded the first fatality on March 18.

The health authorities on Sunday confirmed 3,531 new coronavirus cases across the country in a span of 24 hours, taking the total number to 112,306.

The  death toll from the disease rose  to 1,464 as another 39 infected people lost their lives during the period. 

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