“Death rate is low as health ministry working to prevent corona; 40pc beds for COVID-19 patients still vacant”
Rumi Akter Polly of DOT
 Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque yesterday said, “Some 14,000 beds were designated for corona patients in the country’s hospitals. As of now, we’ve 60 percent beds occupied while 40 percent are vacant. It’s not like that patients are not getting treatment in any hospital of Bangladesh,” reports UNB.  He was responding to allegations brought by opposition MPs while discussing their cut-motions regarding Tk 22,883.86 crore demand in grant for the Health Services Division, reports banglanews24.com.
 The minister said the government has taken an initiative to arrange 1,000 high-flow oxygen systems and 10,000 new oxygen cylinders as high-flow oxygen lines are essential for COVID-19 patients.
 The minister said about the allegations of irregularities in hotels and food costs of doctors and health workers of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, “The allegations weren’t correct as some 3,700 people stayed there in 50 hotels for a month, and Tk 500 was given as food cost for three meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. “The rent for each room was Tk 1,100 per day.”
 Zahid Maleque said now there is no allegation about the standard of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The government has already sent 30 lakh PPEs to different hospitals, he said.
He said now every private hospital is providing medical treatment though their service charges are high to some extent. “The government will fix the service charges.”
The minister said there was an outcry for ventilators initially , but now it seems there is no need for that. “We’ve some 400 ventilators. But, 50 of those are not used. Most of the patients put under ventilator support died.”