Dhaka, Bangladesh
Cut corona casualties with improved healthcare

Cut corona casualties with improved healthcare

Suggestion comes as Bangladesh records 43 more deaths, 3412 cases

News Report: Cut down the curve of coronavirus casualties with improved healthcare is the growing cry as Bangladesh confirmed Tuesday higher daily deaths at 43. Health officials also recorded 3,412 cases countrywide by testing 16,292 samples in the last 24 hours until Tuesday. The latest tallies, still on a higher scale despite longing for an off-peak climb-down, provoked thoughts on ways of containing the contagion and curbing casualties. Localised red-zone management as a containment measure is seen in the right direction, but not the hemming in of all the locals. "Lockdown is not the issue--what is important is tracing, isolation and treatment of those infected," said Prof Dr Be-Nazir Ahmed, prescribing deployment of public-health experts' team in the encircle-and-eradicate combat against the pandemic. The invisible foe has so far taken a global toll of over 4.74 lakh people dead and 92.10 lakh infected. Analysing reports of hospital admission hurdles in many cases, specially in some private hospitals allegedly pursuing profit motive, and 'created crisis' of lifesaving oxygen, the experts suggest bringing both containment and treatment under a high-powered central command. Also is a call for curbing the 'kerb market' essential drugs and sanitation products run in cahoots with 'oligopoly' in the pharmaceutical sector. Since March 18, the government has confirmed 1,545 people deaths from the COVID-19, with the latest 43, rising from Monday's 38. Additional Director- General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana came up with the disclosure at its daily health bulletin. The detection rate of new patients on Tuesday was recorded at 20.94 percent, little down on higher tests. During the same period, 880 more patients made recovery, she said, adding so far, 47,635 people have recovered from the disease. Against the total number of detected cases, the recovery rate is 39.96 percent and the mortality rate is 1.30 percent in the country. Among the deceased, 38 were male and five were female. “Their age-based analysis says one was aged between 11 and 20 years, one between one between 31 and 40, six between 41 and 50, 18 between 51 and 60, 10 between 61 and 70, five between 71 and 80 and two more were aged between 81 and 90 years,” Dr Nasima said. Sixteen patients died in Dhaka division, 15 in Chattogram division, six in Rajshahi division, two in Khulna division, two in Mymensingh division, one in Barishal division and one more patient died in Sylhet division. Thirty people died at hospitals across the country while 12 died at homes. One more patient was declared dead upon arrival at a hospital, she added. Dr Nasima noted that according to global statistics, globally men are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than women. She cited Science Direct and said this happens because men are more affected by non-contagious diseases than women. “Also men get occupationally exposed to diseases more than women. They also have behavioral risks such as smoking and not staying socially isolated. Another benefit for women is their innate immunity inherited because of XX chromosomes,” she added. Three more institutions have started RT-PCR testing in the country --- Sheikh Russel Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital, The DNA Lab Limited, and Centre for Advanced Research in Sciences (CARS) of Dhaka University. Across the country, 680 more people were taken into isolation in the last 24 hours while 220 were released. Currently, 12,927 people are in isolation. During the same period, another 2,414 people were home and institutionally quarantined while 2,164 were released. At present 64,146 people are quarantined across the country. With inputs from briefing, agencies

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