The decision was taken following the death of a Covid-19 patient in the ICU
Anwer Khan Modern Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday quarantined all its doctors, nurses and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) staff, following the death of a patient in the ICU yesterday.
The medical staff were sent to quarantine as part of the hospital's initiative to clean and disinfect the area, said an official wishing to remain anonymous.
She also said the authorities closed the ICU on Tuesday, following the death of an elderly patient who tested positive for coronavirus while undergoing treatment at the ICU of the hospital.
The Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research (IEDCR) confirmed, after testing samples from the patient, and ordered all members of the ICU team of the hospital to go into quarantine.
Dr Aminul Hasan, director (hospital) at Directorate General of Health Services said he heard that a patient undergoing treatment at the private hospital was found infected by coronavirus, but he was not sure about the measures being taken in this regard.
He asked the reporter to call thirty minutes later. However, he did not pick up the call later.
An Emergency Medical Officer (EMO) of the hospital (AKMH) also confirmed that the ICU has been closed since Monday.
He said the procedure of cleaning and disinfection is already underway.
Earlier, on March 12, Delta Hospital Ltd, where a coronavirus patient died on Saturday, sent 20 of its staff to take 14 days of compulsory leave. This included four doctors, 12 nurses, and four supporting staff, who were on duty at the ICU where the patient died.
Bangladesh has so far recorded four deaths and 39 infections from Covid-19, a pandemic announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The fast spreading coronavirus, which was first reported in China’s Wuhan, has claimed more than 17,200 lives and infected over 398,900 people across the world till date, according to Worldometer as of the writing of this report.