DHAKA, May 17, 2020 (BSS) – Health Minister Zahid Maleque today
inaugurated a temporary hospital with 2,000 beds capacity for COVID-19
patients at the Bashundhara Convention Centre in the city.
While inaugurating the hospital, the minister termed the hospital as the
“second largest” dedicated one in the world, saying the hospital has been
prepared with all necessary healthcare facilities for the treatment of COVID-
19 patients, an official release said.
Managing Director of Bashundhara Group Sayem Sobhan, Additional Secretary
of Department of Health Service Habibur Rahman, physicians and officials,
among others, were present at the function with Secretary of Health Service
Division Ashadul Islam in the chair.
Maleque said a total of 7,000 medical professionals — 2000 doctors and
5000 nurses — have been recruited recently to further improve the healthcare
system in the country to deal COVID-19 patients properly.
“A process is underway for recruiting 5000 more medical technologists,” he
As part of the precautionary measures, he advised the people to follow
social distancing alongside maintaining individual hygienic habits to limit
the spread of COVID-19.
The minister also called upon the people to strictly follow the
directives, particularly to ‘stay at home’, given by the organizations
concerned to check the spread of the disease.
Maleque urged the authorities of private hospitals and clinics to continue
their healthcare services to the people.
The DGHS sources said as maximum number of coronavirus positive cases have
been reported in Dhaka and Narayanganj cities, the government has prepared
dedicated COVID-19 hospitals for providing healthcare services to the virus-
These hospitals are – Kurmitola General Hospital, Kuwait-Maitree Hospital,
Mohanagar General Hospital, Railway General Hospital in Kamalapur, Infectious
Disease Hospital, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital, Sheikh Russel
Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital, Regent Hospital in Uttara, Regent
Hospital in Mirpur, Sajeda Foundation in Narayanganj, Rajarbag Police
Hospital, Lalkuthi Hospital in Mirpur, Dhaka Medical College Hospital (burn
unit), Mugda Medical College hospital, Shahid Tajuddin Medical College
Hospitaul in Gazipur and the Holy Family Red Crescent Hospital.
The newly constructed building of Anwar Khan Modern Hospital with 200-bed
capacity has been included as a latest one in the list of dedicated hospitals
for COVID-19 treatment on May 16.