Due to the Novel Coronavirus, like other countries in the world, Bangladesh Health System is also going through a tough time. Our health system is facing bigger problems in providing regular treatments to the patients.
To avoid the spread of the virus, nonemergency treatments and medical services in Bangladesh are postponed amid Coronavirus concern.
How is Suhrid Health Network helping parents during the Coronavirus pandemic?
We understand that usual emergency problems may get less attention in this unusual time. We are committed to protecting the safety and health of all our children during this Coronavirus pandemic.
Evidence has shown that physical distancing and other health-related measurements are helping in preventing the spread of the virus. So, we are offering our services to deliver online consultation for any children suffering from the usual illnesses that need urgent attention and treatment.
As part of our effort to prevent the spread of the virus, we are offering Virtual Consultation and Telehealth Services for parents with children. People seeking treatment can also register and ask for online consultation which can be via email, SMS or direct conversation with a doctor.
For this crisis period, all our services will be free of cost.
Interested Pediatricians and Pediatric Surgeons can register here to provide consultation services.
What is Coronavirus?
It is a disease caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS -COV-2). The disease first appeared in Hubei, a province of China in December 2019. Almost every country in the world is affected by this disease.Due to the severity of spreading the disease the World Health Organization(WHO) has declared the disease a global pandemic in Jan 2020.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
People with Coronavirus may show the following symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Body ache
- Loss of taste and appetite
How is the Coronavirus transmitted to humans?
Coronavirus may be intubated in the human body up to 14 days. After 14 days people may be exposed to the virus from human to human transmission via respiratory droplets like cough and sneeze. If an infected person comes in close contact with any healthy or ill person he may infect them as it is highly contagious. Study has shown that people without any symptoms may also transmit the virus to others.
Who is at risk?
Coronavirus can make anyone sick. Some people with special health conditions are at most risk. This includes:
- Person with underlying health conditions like diabetes, heart problem, pneumonia, asthma, lung disease, tuberculosis, etc
- People with compromised immunity like cancer, thyroid disease
- Older adults over 60 years
- Other than health conditions, socioeconomic circumstances also increase the risk of people getting sick.
- People who take public transportation.
- Essential workers like employees in grocery stores, pharmacies, medical attendants who come in contact with people every day.
- Too many people living in a small crowded area.
How can Coronavirus be treated?
There is no known cure or treatment for Coronavirus at this moment. Scientists all over the world are trying hard to develop vaccines to treat Coronavirus. In that case, preventative measures are highly recommended.
How can I prevent Coronavirus?
Over time it is proven that if the virus can be contained the spread of infection from this disease will be prevented. The following measures are considered a successful method in preventing the disease:
- Avoid close contact with the infected person
- Maintain social distance (stay 6 feet apart from each other)
- Maintain good hygiene
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water after touching any surface or coming from outside
- Do not touch eyes, nose and mouth with dirty hands
- Wear masks when going to gathering places like markets, parks, beaches, parties
- Use hand sanitizer when water is not available
- Stay home as much as possible
Which age group is most affected by this Virus?
Though this new virus affected people from all the age groups from newborn to elderly, the global data from all over the world suggests that the most vulnerable were the older adult population. The age of older adults is above 60 years.
Why so many people are dying from Coronavirus?
Older adults and people with underlying health conditions are more vulnerable to get infected and die from this disease. Other conditions also responsible for too many deaths that includes:
- Lack of preparedness for the pandemic
- Underestimating the condition
- Lack of protective equipment for the medical staff like protective gown, medical masks, shields etc.
- Lack of treatment
- Lack of medical supplies like ventilators, oxygen
- Lack of hospital capacities
- Mishandling the situation
- Delay in responding to the crisis
- People not maintaining guidelines from the doctors, scientists and governments
- Lack of healthcare workers
- Lack of testing and contact tracing
What is the situation of Coronavirus in Bangladesh?
The increasing number of infected cases in Bangladesh indicates that people in Bangladesh are at high risk. The Bangladesh Government has launched an information centre for Coronavirus update. You can go to the following link for the latest update from the government: https://corona.gov.bd/.