The government is adding 250 more isolation beds to three hospitals in Chattogram to provide treatment to the increasing number of Covid-19 patients.
Of them, a total of 50 isolation beds have already already added to the existing 100 beds at Chattogram General Hospital (CGH) on Tuesday, said Dr Hasan Shahriar Kabir, Chattogram divisional director of Directorate General of Health Services.
Dr Asim Kumar Nath, superintendent of CGH, said they have already started admitting patients to the newly included beds.
On the other hand, Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) and Holy Crescent Hospital will get 100 isolation beds each within today, Dr Hasan Shahriar told The Daily Star.
According to the office of Chattogram Civil Surgeon, a total of 972 persons tested Covid-19 positive in the district as of yesterday while a total of 127 patients haverecovered and 41 died. That means, a total of 804 patients are undergoing treatment.
Excluding the 250, a total of 180 isolation beds are available at three Chattogram hospitals dedicated for those infected with novel coronavirus, the office sources said.
However, such patients are also being admitted to 14 upazila health complexes. According to Chattogram Civil Surgeon office, a total of 315 isolation beds are in the city and upazilas for treating Covid-19 patients.
As isolation beds are only 315 against 804 patients, a total of 489infected persons have not got opportunity to get hospitalised.
Asked, DGHS Divisional Director Dr Hasan Shahriar said most of Covid-19 patients have "no symptoms or mild symptoms" and so they receive treatment staying isolated at their houses.
"We will use Railway Hospital and Chattogram City Corporation General Hospital for treating Covid-19 patients, if needed," he said.