DOT Desk:  Coronavirus-infected patients are not getting enough oxygen as there is no arrangement of central oxygen system at most of the Covid-19 hospitals in the country. Although the number of oxygen cylinders was increased, this is not sufficient compared to the need. Under such circumstances, experts have called for making the unused oxygen cylinders operational, increasing the number of standard cylinders and implementing the central oxygen system to serve the serious patients, reports Somoy TV News.
 Most of the critical Covid-19 patients need oxygen support. It is not possible to ensure uninterrupted oxygen supply only with the cylinders. However, most of the hospitals that are providing Covid-19 treatment have no central oxygen system. Director of Kurmitola General Hospital Brig Gen Jamil Ahmed said they have central oxygen system at the ICU, post-operative theatre and operation theatre. However, there is no such facility at the general wards, he said. Sheikh Russel Gastroliver Institute & Hospital has 200 oxygen cylinders but there is no central system, said its Director Prof Dr Faruque Ahmed.
 The 500-bed Kurmitola General Hospital has only 450 cylinders while 200-bed Kuwait-Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital 123 and Sheikh Russel Gastroliver Institute & Hospital has 150. Infectious disease expert Dr Fazle Rabbi said every cylinder needs to be tested and all cylinders will have to be made ready. Meanwhile, Dr Ayesha Akhter, assistant director of the control room of the Directorate General of Health Services, said they were trying to ensure central oxygen system at the hospitals.