June 18, 2021


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Corona patients, beds and ICU crisis are growing in border areas

Corona infections, diagnoses and deaths have increased in the north and south-west, including the country’s border districts. Patient pressure has increased in hospitals designated for corona in different districts. Many hospitals have more patients than beds. He was admitted to the hospital at the last moment

There are many. The doctors are struggling with them. Many patients are not getting the services of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as per the demand. Two districts have been given complete and area-wise lockdown in seven districts as corona infection continues to increase. Besides, special restrictions have been imposed in two districts. However, people in the declared lockdown area are indifferent to the observance of hygiene rules. Health experts fear that if the corona situation in some districts, including the border, is not brought under control now, the infection will increase further. They called for concerted efforts to deal with the situation.

Lockdown has been declared in Chapainawabganj and Satkhira districts. The Department of Health’s expert committee has recommended six more district lockdowns as the number of corona patients continues to rise. The districts are Naogaon, Natore, Jessore, Rajshahi, Kushtia and Khulna.

Analyzing the data of the Department of Health, it is seen that the death in Corona has been increasing again for a week. Deaths are also on the rise in the north and southwest of the country. Rajshahi has the highest death rate as a division. Compared to the previous week, the death toll in Rajshahi has increased by 55 percent. Khulna division is in the second place in terms of death rate. The death toll has risen by about 42 percent in a week. The death rate in Dhaka division has increased by about 35 percent. Besides, death has increased by 6 percent in Rangpur and 3 percent in Chittagong. On the other hand, deaths in Barisal, Sylhet and Mymensingh divisions have decreased within a week.

Since the holy Eid-ul-Fitr last May, there has been an upward trend in corona infection in the country. Infection is relatively high in the districts bordering India. The first Indian variant was identified in the country on May 8. In a government study, 50 samples of the corona were tested in the country and 40 of them were found to be Indian variants. The government’s study also found evidence of an Indian type of social transmission (community transmission) known as the ‘delta variant’.

Mohammad Robed Amin, a spokesman for the Department of Health and director of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDC), told Prothom Alo that stopping the infection was a challenge. Whether the infection will increase further is a big concern. Oxygen cylinders have been provided to the infected districts. Hospital beds, oxygen cylinders and ancillary preparations have been made.

Complete lockdown in two districts

The lockdown has been going on in Chapainawabganj district since May 25. In the meantime, the corona infection situation is deteriorating. According to the District Civil Surgeon’s Office, the infection rate on Friday was 55.15 percent. The previous day’s average rate was 41.60 percent.

Yesterday, the movement of people and vehicles in front of Nimtala Junction, Bara Indira Junction, Old Bazar Junction, Post Office and Police Station was close to normal. People were seen standing in front of the Sadar police station gate at around 11:30 pm. Many did not have a mask on their face. Lockdown restrictions are not being enforced properly. Rickshaw and autorickshaw traffic has also increased.

Two days ago, the number of beds in the 250-bed Chapainawabganj District Hospital in Corona Ward was increased from 20 to 30. The number of beds will be increased to 50 from Sunday. Corona ward medical officer in charge. Shakhawat said the condition of 12 patients in the ward is critical now. The condition of three of them is very bad. They need to be treated in ICU now. This hospital does not have ICU facility. It is not going to be sent to Rajshahi either. Because there are no vacancies in the ICU.

The lockdown has started in Satkhira from 6 am on Saturday. Although various restrictions were imposed on the lockdown, it was not observed. Easy bikes, motorcycles and microbuses have been plying in Satkhira city. Two guard posts have been set up at Satkhira border at Kazir Hat and Patkelghata in Tala upazila of Kalaroa.

Satkhira Superintendent of Police Mohammad Mostafizur Rahman said there were some systemic problems on the first day of the lockdown. There are no restrictions on transportation of raw materials including mangoes.

Reluctance to follow hygiene rules

The one-week lockdown announced by the administration in six unions of Noakhali Municipality and Sadar Upazila has started from 6 am yesterday. However, this special lockdown of the administration could not have any impact on public life except the closure of long-distance passenger buses and shops.

The city’s main roads and various branch roads can be seen in the possession of CNG-powered autorickshaws, battery-powered rickshaws and easybikes. The activities of the law enforcement agencies at the entrance of the city were not so noticeable.

Mohammad Khorshed Alam, president and deputy commissioner of the district coronavirus infection control committee, said CNG-powered autorickshaws were being forced to carry a maximum of two passengers to control the free movement of people. However, during the on-site inspection, six people, including the driver, were seen moving in the autorickshaw.

Mongla upazila has been brought under restrictions due to increasing corona infection. The upazila administration has started implementing restrictions in Mongla upazila from Saturday. The Coast Guard has stepped in to assist the local administration in this work.

Mongla Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Jibitesh Biswas said the corona of 34 out of 48 people was identified in a new rapid antigen test at the Mongla Upazila Health Complex on Saturday. As of this, the infection rate is 81 percent.

Yesterday was the ninth day of lockdown in Boultali, Sahapur, part of Satpar Union of Gopalganj Sadar Upazila. People in these areas do not follow hygiene rules. Traffic in the area is normal. Many are hanging out in tea shops.

Yesterday was the third day of total lockdown in Naogaon Municipality and Niamatpur Upazila and imposition of strict restrictions in three more upazilas of the district. The movement of people on the roads was a bit more than the previous two days.

Indefinite lockdown of administration is going on in seven villages of Karpasdanga union of Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga. Yesterday, nine villages of neighboring Kurulgachhi and Parkrishnapur-Madna Union were added to the list. These nine villages have been given lockdown for 14 days. However, people are not going to be kept at home even after the lockdown.

The upazila administration has locked down all kinds of businesses on Sindur Khan Road in Srimangal of Moulvibazar. The corona of 34 people was examined at this place and the corona of 12 people was identified.

Special restrictions in two districts

Most of the shops in Sadar, Sonadanga, Khalishpur police station and Rupsha upazila of Khulna city were closed on the second day of the ban imposed by the district administration. However, the number of vehicles and people on the road increased more than on the first day. The tendency to follow hygiene rules in the raw market was also less than before. It has been seen that the restrictions on the main roads are effective. However, in the neighborhoods and at various corners, outside the drug and grocery stores, various shops have been seen to be open.

Rajshahi district has been brought under special restrictions since last Thursday evening due to the increase in corona infection. Under the new restrictions, everything will be closed from 7pm to 8am except for emergency services and mango-related activities. The law enforcement agencies have been very active in this regard from evening to morning every day. However, the activities of the law enforcement agencies are not visible throughout the day. As a result, people are less obedient to hygiene rules.

Neglected hygiene in Rohingya camps

Strict lockdowns have been announced in Ukhia, Teknaf Upazila and five Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, but they are not being observed properly. Crowds of people are running on the road in small and big vehicles, hats, bazaars, shops and shops.

Cox’s Bazar Medical College principal Anupam Barua said the Rohingya camp was not following proper hygiene rules. Rohingyas are leaving the camp for work, coming back again. NGO workers involved in the service of refugees are also coming and going to the camp every day. In order to prevent infection, 34 camps in Ukhia and Teknaf will have to be separated and brought under strict lockdown.

[Reports and representatives from the respective areas assisted in compiling the report]