Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh recently organised an event where Huawei stepped forward in establishing the digital bridge between medical experts of Bangladesh and China.
The knowledge-sharing session was conducted among medical experts of the two countries through videoconferencing, said a press release from Huawei.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming along with the medical experts from NIPSOM, DGHS and DGMS, medical institutions of Bangladesh from six different locations were present.
During the videoconference, Huawei ensured smooth technical integration among all the parties.
Prof Zhang Wenhong, Head of the Center for Infectious Disease, Huashan Hospital of Fudan University, joined the conference from Huawei Shanghai Conference Center, where he shared the practical experience in China and answered the queries from Bangladeshi doctors.
Search engine giant Google on Monday paid rich tributes to doctors, nurses and medical staff during this global coronavirus pandemic by a special doodle on its regular home page.
The animated Google doodle shows a heart emoji being sent to all the healthcare workers.
The doodle is a part of a series by the search giant to honour those who are working on the frontlines and fighting the pandemic.
Last week, Google released a simple and moving ad thanking healthcare workers around the world for combating COVID-19.
This week, Google began a series of Doodles to recognize the people responding to COVID-19 — from doctors and nurses caring people on the front lines, teachers and food service workers ensuring essential goods and services.
The Grameen group of organizations has come forward along with others with various initiatives to tackle the challenge of COVID-19.
With a view to ensure the safety and protection of doctors, nurses and all health workers’ individual safety, Grameen Fabrics and Fashion (Ltd.) has manufactured 20,000 PPE gowns and supplied these to different hospitals and medical centres.
The production of another 10,000 pieces of PPE is currently underway. Steps have been taken for the import of specific cloth and seam sealing tape which will be used for manufacturing 20,000 PPE gowns for doctors, nurses and health personnel performing duties in Intensive Care Units (ICU). These raw materials are expected to arrive in the country by April 18, said a press release.
Grameen Fabrics and Fashion Ltd is working continuously to produce 50,000 pieces of PPE including 20,000 pieces of highest grade PPE. These are all being produced with the financial support of Grameen Telecom.
During the initial production, these PPEs were distributed to Kurmitola General Hospital, Kuwait Moitri Hospital, Health Division of Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport, Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital, Khulna Children's Hospital, Ambulance Owners Cooperative Society, Uttara Women’s Medical College and Hospital, D.S.K. Hospital, Swisscontact Bangladesh, Uttara Modern Hospital, and Bangladesh Medical Association, said the release.
Within the next 10 days Grameen Telecom will receive 200,000 surgical masks, 50,000 N95 masks, 50,000 KN95 masks, 50,000 hand gloves and 10,000 protective goggles. Grameen Telecom has taken the initiative to supply such emergency equipment to doctors, nurses and health personnel nationally. These will be given to medical organizations and facilities after necessary consultation with relevant government authorities.
Grameen Telecom is requesting all enterprises who are facing any shortage of such equipment to contact them immediately (email: email@example.com) Preference will be given to those whose requirement is more urgent.
Initially Grameen has identified 2,500 families who have not received any aid from any other organization or individual during the pandimic. These 2,500 families will be given regular food supply until the virus outbreak is over.
Grameen Telecom, Grameen Telecom Trust and Grameen Kalyan, the three Gramen organizations are providing financial support so that the Grameen organizations can provide basic food items to these 2,500 families, or 10,000 people until the epidemic is over.
Apple and Google fueled hopes for digital technology's promise against a fast-moving, invisible killer, announcing a joint effort to help public health agencies worldwide leverage smartphones to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
New software the companies plan to add to phones would make it easier to use Bluetooth wireless technology to track down people who may have been infected by coronavirus carriers. The idea is to help national, state and local governments roll out apps for so-called "contact tracing" that will run on iPhones and Android phones alike.
The technology works by harnessing short-range Bluetooth signals. Using the Apple-Google technology, contact-tracing apps would gather a record of other phones with which they came into close proximity.
Such data can be used to alert others who might have been infected by known carriers of the novel coronavirus, typically when the phones' owners have installed the apps and agreed to share data with public-health authorities.
Developers have already created such apps in countries including Singapore and China to try to contain the pandemic. In Europe, the Czech Republic says it will release an app after Easter. Britain, Germany and Italy are also developing their own tracing tools.
No such apps have yet been announced in the United States, but Gov. Gavin Newsom of California said Friday that state officials have been in touch with the companies as they look ahead at how to reopen and lift stay-at-home orders.
"We were on the phone just this morning, for example, with Apple," he said at a news conference.
Privacy and civil liberties activists have warned that the apps need to be designed so governments cannot abuse them to track their citizens. Apple and Google said in a rare joint announcement that user privacy and security are baked into the design of their plan.
The technology might serve as a stopgap until there is widespread testing for the novel coronavirus, which in the U.S. remains limited after production problems and limited federal coordination of the tests' production and distribution.
"It's not a replacement for just having widespread testing, which would be more accurate," said Tiffany Li, a visiting law professor at Boston University who studies privacy and technology. "But clearly we have a huge shortage of tests."
Bluetooth signal tracking, as Google and Apple plan to use it, can protect privacy far better than other options such as GPS or cell-tower based location data, which allow centralized authorities access to the information.
But Li noted it could still lead to numerous mistaken alerts — for instance, if someone were in full protective gear or in an adjacent apartment while physically close to an infected person.
Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, said a conversation with Apple's senior director for global privacy, Jane Horvath, assured her that the initiative will protect people's privacy.
Sensitive information will stay on individual phones in encrypted form — no personally identifiable data would be collected — and alerts would be handled by public health agencies, not the tech companies, according to briefing paper seen by The Associated Press. It says location data for users won't be used and the identity of people who may have been infected will be protected by encryption and anonymous identifier beacons that change frequently.
"I think they've taken care of some of the really big problems," Dixon said, noting the companies say they can turn off the system when it's no longer needed. "The government is not going to have identity information of those testing positive."
Asked about the Google-Apple effort at his daily news briefing, President Donald Trump called it "very interesting," but expressed concern that "a lot of people worry about it in terms of a person's freedom. We're going to take a look at that."
Security experts note that technology alone cannot effectively track down and identify people who may have been infected by COVID-19 carriers. Such efforts will require other tools and teams of public health care workers to locate people in the physical world, they say. In South Korea and China, such efforts have included the use of credit-card and public-transit records.
In general, epidemiologists say contact tracing won't be effective without widely available testing. In the Czech Republic, the plan is to have soldiers perform testing; medical students have been trained to staff call centers for notifying people at high risk of infection.
The Czech app will use both Bluetooth technology and geolocation data from wireless carriers and banks to create "memory maps" that trace the movement of infected people. That will help them identify others they came into close proximity with in the five to 10 days before they tested positive.
The hope is to quickly isolate people who may be affected so the virus can be contained and restrictions on movement relaxed. The app builds on a popular cellular-location mapping app used by one in 10 Czechs, who number 10 million.
The Google-Apple solution will also be voluntary — or opt-in — but with far greater privacy protections, something the European Commission specified as a central requirement of any such apps in a policy recommendation this week for the 27-nation bloc.
Given the great need for effective contact-tracing — a tool epidemiologists have long employed to contain infectious disease outbreaks — Google and Apple will roll out their changes in two phases. In May, they will release software that will support public-health apps for both Android and iOS phones. In coming months, they will also build the functionality directly into the underlying phone operating systems.
On Friday, the companies released preliminary technical specifications for the effort, which they called "Privacy-Preserving Contact Tracing.
Grameenphone CEO Yasir Azman on Wednesday said they started virtual townhall with more than 1,600 employees amid the outbreak of coronavirus.
“We have a critical role to play to keep the eco-system moving, starting from customers to critical infrastructure in the communication front. When we take care of ourselves, we remain fit to keep our network healthy,” he said in a statement.
In this way, he said, “we serve our purpose to maximise the benefit of communication solutions and help Bangladesh stand tall against the adverse force like coronavirus”.
He reinforced his commitment to serve customers by ensuring safety first for the employees, customers, and partners.
“We’ve been joining forces with frontliners who play a critical role in fighting COVID-19 at the same time collaboration with a2i, WHO, DGHS, and other Govt. bodies cemented our confidence - we are not alone!”
Bangladesh on Wednesday announced 54 new coronavirus cases and deaths of three patients. So far, the country has confirmed 20 deaths and 218 cases.