The civil surgeon said Covid-19 patients will get treatment at the hospital within the next two to three days
The Narayanganj health department has declared Narayanganj 300-bed hospital in Khanpur coronavirus unit as the number of patients is increasing rapidly in the district.
Civil Surgeon Imtiaz Ahmed said the matter had already been discussed orally with the Directorate General of Health Services.
From March 8 till now, 77 people tested positive for coronavirus and 10 died in the city.
Imtiaz said Covid-19 patients will get treatment at the hospital within the next two to three days.
Samples will be collected at the hospital and will then be sent to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research in Dhaka, he said.
General patients will be able to get treatment at Narayanganj General Hospital after the hospital in Khanpur is declared coronavirus unit, the civil surgeon added.
Narayanganj district administration had a meeting with the principal secretary to the Prime Minister's Office on Thursday afternoon through videoconferencing.
At the meeting, Narayanganj Additional Deputy Commissioner (general) Selim Reza informed the principal secretary of the ongoing Covid-19 situation in Narayanganj.
He demanded immediate establishment of a coronavirus unit in Narayanganj where trained doctors, nurses and ward boys will provide service.
In response, the principal secretary immediately directed the director general of the health directorate to send necessary equipment for setting up a coronavirus unit in Narayanganj.
The secretary said it may take a few days for the equipment to reach the destination, but medical care should be offered to Covid-19 patients as soon as possible.
Selim Reza echoed the same.
Gautam Saha, superintendent of Narayanganj 300-bed hospital, said there were no ventilator and intensive care unit at the hospital.
"An application has also been sent to the health directorate for expediting delivery of the equipment. Hopefully, we will get it as soon as possible."
Gautam said medical care for Covid-19 patients will start at the hospital in Khanpur in two days.
Civil Surgeon Imtiaz said, "As there is a crisis of medical assistants and technical personnel to provide medical care to Covid-19 patients, we sought help from the owners of private hospitals and clinics."
They will provide medical assistants to my office tomorrow to address the crisis, he added.