Will tackle further spread of Covid-19: PM
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 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Bangladesh will be able to prevent the further spread of the Covid-19 in the coming days, reports UNB.
 “So far, we’re lucky that both the infection and mortality rates of the disease are very low in Bangladesh. We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to prevent the further spread of the disease in the coming days,” she said.
 The Prime Minister said this in her pre-recorded video message played at the First International e-Conference on Critical Care-2020. Bangladesh Society of Anesthesiologists organised it virtually.
 She said united efforts and the hard-labour of physicians and health workers can contain the spread of the deadly virus in Bangladesh.
 To face the Covid-19 emergency, she said, the government has appointed 2,000 doctors and 5,000 nurses on an urgent basis.
 The Prime Minister said the conference is being held at a time when the world is reeling under the Covid-19 pandemic fallout.
 She mentioned that the anesthesiologists play a crucial role in the management of critically ill patients apart from their work in operation theatres.
 “Our anesthesiologists have been doing a wonderful job during this pandemic managing the Covid-19 patients in ICUs and outside. Bangladesh Society of Anesthesiologists helped the government prepare the National Guideline for COVID ICU Management”.
 She said they also arranged new ICU facilities all over the country and trained up ICU doctors and staff to manage Covid-19 patients.
Sheikh Hasina said a good number of physicians, including some anesthesiologists, died of Covid-19 while discharging their duties.
She paid deep homage to their memories and expressed sympathies for their family members.
The Prime Minister said the government has given utmost importance towards improving the country’s healthcare service. “We truly believe that getting healthcare is the basic rights of a citizen. So, we’ve widened the treatment facilities at government hospitals by adding additional beds, recruiting doctors and other health staff.”