Most of the Covid-19 patients have recovered from the disease in Bangladesh, thanks to the government’s measures to ensure treatment for all.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the recovery count rose to 316,600 on Monday after 1,493 patients were discharged from the hospitals in the last 24 hours. With that, 79.10 percent patients have recovered so far among the total confirmed cases in Bangladesh.
The DGHS confirmed 400,251 Covid-19 patients in Bangladesh since the detection of the first three cases on March 8.
Of them, 5,818 died which is 1.45 percent of the total confirmed cases.
Principal scientific officer of the government’s disease monitoring agency, IEDCR, Dr ASM Alamgir told Bangladesh Post that the government had expanded the treatment facilities soon after the initial hiccups.
“Initially the crisis was there all over the world. But we could cope up the situation quickly and ensure treatment for all,” he said, adding that doctors have also adopted the pandemic and could start timely treatment when patients turned up to the hospitals.
“Due to our telemedicine services, a large number of patients could stay at home and receive treatment,” he said.
As of October 23, a total of 4,99,291 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine.
The DGHS said 2,20,65,824 people received healthcare services from hotline mobile numbers and health web portals as the government formed a group of medical professionals to provide emergency healthcare services.
The contact hotline and mobile numbers are 16263; 333; 10655 and 01944333222.
Dr Alamgir, however, urged people to keep in touch with the doctors even after the recovery for post-Covid symptoms.
“Even after the recovery, some symptoms such as fatigue, breathing problems, and headache may persist which will require doctors attention,” he said.
He also urged people to maintain health rules such as wearing masks while going out, maintaining social distancing and washing hands with soap.
Of the total sample tested in the past 24 hours, 10.44 percent tested positive, while 17.62 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, according to the DGHS.
A total of 22,71,347 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh.
Among the total 5,818 deaths, 3,005 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1,157 in Chattogram division, 370 in Rajshahi division, 464 in Khulna division, 198 in Barishal division, 242 in Sylhet division, 261 in Rangpur division and 121 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.
As of Monday, 1,159,802 people have died from the COVID-19 outbreak across the world.
There are 43,399,853 currently confirmed cases in 212 countries and territories, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides real-time statistics.