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ED: We still have not learned

  • Published at 01:24 am April 8th, 2021
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MAHMUD HOSSIAN OPU

The failure to properly provide treatment facilities is causing untold suffering

It has been over a year that the coronavirus pandemic was first detected in Bangladesh. During that time, its threat has remained consistent, regardless of how serious the general public may have been in following the safety guidelines required to curb its spread. 

However, we should have been prepared, with sufficient ICU beds, sufficient oxygen supply, better and more complete information dissemination from the authorities, and ultimately, with an overall better system of handling a spike in cases and deaths. 

To that end, it is extremely unfortunate that, according to several health experts, we are no better off than we were a year ago, seemingly incapable of handling this new wave of increased cases and deaths.

This is extremely disappointing on multiple levels. For one, the failure to properly provide treatment facilities, in particular outside of Dhaka, is causing untold suffering, and is forcing people to rush to Dhaka to seek aid, thus overwhelming the health care facilities in the capital as well. 

In addition, it is unacceptable that one year into this pandemic, we have not only failed to establish a coordinated health care system, starting from the upazila level, to cater to the needs of patients, but also failed to establish a reliable channel to get useful information regarding where and how to seek medical help during such times of crisis. 

This failure falls on the DGHS and any other authorities concerned who are responsible for the country’s health care system, and the onus is on them to address this immediately. 

This must now become the number one priority, of establishing effective and equitable health care facilities in the country, and there is no room for complacency any more. People continue to die, simply because of our failure to learn.

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