Bangladesh builds mega field hospital as COVID-19 outbreak worsens

DHAKA: Bangladesh has prepared a huge field hospital in three weeks to treat coronavirus patients in an attempt to fight the intensifying outbreak in the country.

The South Asian nation has reported nearly 18,000 infections and 269 deaths from COVID-19 despite a countrywide lockdown, but critics say the numbers are far lower than the true virus figures because of insufficient testing.

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More than 250 people worked around the clock to build the facility in three weeks AFP/MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Only a handful of state-run hospitals in Bangladesh are currently treating coronavirus patients, and officials are hoping the new 2,084-bed facility in the capital Dhaka will help ease pressure on the country's healthcare infrastructure.

"If we can manage necessary manpower, we will be able to provide much better service in this isolation centre," the hospital's director Ehsanul Haq told AFP on Wednesday, referring to the more than 4,000 healthcare workers needed before it can start operations.

The 2,084-bed Bashundhara Convention Centre Grid Hospital (BCCGH) comprises three convention centres and a large temporary structure at a 2.5 million sq ft compound lent by the Bashundhara Group, one of the largest private companies in Bangladesh.

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The new coronavirus field hospital has 2,084 beds, and can be expanded to 5,000 beds if the outbreak worsens AFP/MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

With fears rising in Bangladesh about a massive spike in cases, the hospital's ability to more than double its capacity to 5,000 beds is likely to prove useful to authorities.

The project's executive engineer Masudul Alam said it was inspired by the makeshift hospitals built at breakneck speed in the centralRead More – Source