Lack of coordination among physicians, hospitals and management is affecting treatment of corona-infected patients in the capital, experts claim. Lack of safety gear for medical staff and absence of immediate on-demand support is creating a huge gap between management and doctor.
They also suggested that as the infection numbers are soaring because of large numbers of testing. Besides, this is high time to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus in collective collaboration from all domains. Medicine Specialist and Professor, Z M Kabir Chowdhury, while talking to Bangladesh Post said, “There is no alternative to more testing for the real figure for further evaluation. With collaboration of the health department, IEDCR and hospitals only can resolve this problem.”
We should not forget it is another form of war. The whole world is struggling to fight this zero-vaccine disease. It is the most crucial time to provide emergency medical services to patients, he added. Patients alleged that many general patients are getting refused from hospital to hospital without any treatment.
Shumi Akter, a refused patient, said “I’ve had a fever since the last three days, and though I took some medicine, I am not feeling well. I got refused from two hospitals.” Director General (DG) of the Department of Health, Dr Abul Kalam Azad said, “There is a decision underway to hire unemployed doctors and nurses to fill up the gap. At the same time, all challenges will be eradicated in the treatment process.”
“On the other hand, there is also a lack of coordination between IEDCR and the Department of Health. An IEDCR official did not want to inform the Health Department about the Corona statistics . There is a psych clash between them. “ The official acknowledged that they are trying to resolve the matter.
For example, Kuwait-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital, dedicatedly serving coronavirus patients since March 8, ran out of water supply on Saturday night. There is also no end to the problem in this hospital, according to some working doctors, nurses and admitted patients.
Healthcare staff, including physicians and nurses are falling sick because of routine-busting workload. According to them, they do not have enough Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPE) and shoe covers. The doctors and nurses of this medical service center have urged the authority to take immediate remedial action.
The condition of Regent Hospital, which is providing medical care for Corona patients in the north of the capital, was found quite similar to that of Kuwait-Bangladesh friendship hospital. There is also a water crisis, extreme mismanagement in food and staff.
In this regard, Director Department of Health (Hospital) Dr Aminul Hasan said, “ Kuwait-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital is having some problems because of its own system. I can assure you that. But it won't be there anymore. We have taken these mismanagement issues seriously.”
Process has already been started to fix the problem. I have talked with them. It will be resolved quickly, he added. Meanwhile, the health department has fixed eight hospitals in the capital for treatment of corona disease.
These Hospitals are Kurmitola General Hospital, Bangladesh Kuwait Maitri Hospital, Sheikh Russell Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital, Railway Hospital, Metropolitan General Hospital, Lalkuthi Hospital (Mirpur), Regent Hospital Uttara and Mirpur branch and Sajida Foundation of Jatrabari.
Although these hospitals have been set up, only two hospitals in the capital are reported to be treating corona patients. The rest are treating patients suffering from cold, fever and cough. They are not yet ready to admit patients.