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Doing everything to tackle Coronavirus situation: Health Minister

Health Minister Zahid Maleque said that the government is doing its best and taking necessary steps to tackle coronavirus situation.

Testing capacity has been increased with 42 labs now installed across the country, he said while inaugurating a facility for Covid-19 patients in Dhaka.

Over two million PPE (personal protective equipment) were collected while over 100,000 testing kits are in store and some 7,000 doctors and nurses have been appointed in seven days, said Maleque.

Besides, the appointments of medical technologists are underway and the doctors and nurses were given training, he added.

The government is also thinking of implementing plasma therapy and remedial medicine like the other developed country, according to the minister.

Talking about the newly-built facility at the Anwer Khan Modern Hospital, the health minister said, “It’ll play an important role in providing health services to the people of the country as it has 10 Intensive Care Units (ICU), 10 HDOs (Health Delivery Organisation) and five ventilators.”

Besides, a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine was installed at the hospital for ensuring Covid-19 test, he said.

With the new Covid-19 hospital, 14 dedicated hospitals were installed in the city which can provide medical services to 15,000-20,000 more people, he added.

Report: UNB

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