It is urgent to extend healthcare facilities to treat Covid-19 patients, he said, adding the government has prepared the DNCC market as a dedicated Covid-19 hospital within a short time, installing all modern equipment to protect lives of coronavirus positive patients.

The health minister said 212 ICU beds, PCR-lab, radiotherapy centre and X-ray facility have been installed at the DNCC hospital to make it a full-fledged hospital dedicated for Covid-19 patients.

Referring to increasing coronavirus dedicated beds and central oxygen system at hospitals, he said at present, the government has extended central oxygen facility at 100 hospitals in the country and the process for installing central oxygen systems at 34 more hospitals is underway. As a result, nearly 12,000 beds are equipped with central oxygen facility to provide key health service for coronavirus patients, Maleque added.

Secretary of Health Services Division, Lokman Hossain Mian, Director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) prof Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam and director of the DNCC hospital AKM Nasir Uddin, among others, were present at the function.