The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has already taken all out preparations including formation of medical teams to face anything up to a super cyclonic storm, with Cyclone Mokha expected to slam the coast of Bangladesh and possibly Myanmar anytime from 6am to 6pm on Sunday.
DGHS Director General Prof. Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam held a meeting with all health officials of the 3 coastal divisions -Chattogram, Khulna and Barishal – and directors of medical college hospitals via teleconference Friday night.
The field-level officers of the DGHS put forward their preparedness to face the storm to the DG. The recommendations are–formation of medical teams, recruitment of an additional manpower for the emergency departments, fixation of a separate ward at each medical college hospital, cancellation of all leaves without emergency, keeping operation theaters prepared round the clock and reservation of suffi-cient medicine.
Moreover, the DGHS DG gave some directives like keeping control rooms open round the clock and communicating with the DGHS constantly.
He also directed the officials of the directorate to meet immediate demands placed by the coastal hospi-tals.
The DG asked the health officials to ensure their safety along with discharging duties amid the disaster.