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Disruption of Healthcare Amid COVID-19 Pandemic in Bangladesh



Hasan Mahmud Reza1, *, Farhana Sultana2, Isha Olive Khan3
1 Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, North South University, Bashundhara R/A, Dhaka1229, Bangladesh.
2 Department of Political Science and Sociology, North South University, Bashundhara R/A, Dhaka1229, Bangladesh.
3 Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Michigan State University, 1129 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI48824, USA.


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* Address correspondence to this author at Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, North South University, Bashundhara R/A, Dhaka 1229, Bangladesh; Tel: +880-2-55668200; Ext.1054; Fax: +880-2-55668202; E-mail: hasan.reza@northsouth.edu


Abstract

The world is experiencing an unrestrained devastating power of COVID-19. Lack of experience in combating such a pandemic, insufficient medical equipment and professionals, and above all, poor management have led to failure in controlling disease transmission to a large extent in Bangladesh. Therefore, an incredibly high percentage of people may need medical intervention. However, most of the hospitals in the country are not fully ready to cope with the expected surge in critically ill COVID-19 patients. The majority of the private hospitals and some government hospitals are not providing necessary medical care to both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to reinstate the healthcare system to full function to ensure proper treatment to the ailing patients of both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19.

Keywords: COVID-19, Non-COVID-19, Hospital, Healthcare, Pandemic, Treatment.