Amid the growing concern over coronavirus, Faridpur’s local administration is looking for about 3,800 people who returned from abroad recently.
Deputy Commissioner Atul Sarkar came up with the information at a press briefing at his office on Wednesday.
Already a list has been prepared by the immigration police and was handed over to the deputy commissioner. People, mostly returning from India between March 1 and March 15, had gone to their respective destinations after dodging the immigration.
The overseas returnees will be found out and kept in home quarantine, he added.
Until Wednesday, the local administration has sent 17 overseas returnees to quarantine, said Atul. Everyone was asked to properly follow home-quarantine rules.
District Civil Surgeon Dr Siddiqur Rahman, Director of Faridpur Medical College Hospital Dr Saifur Rahman, and Superintendent of Faridpur Police Alimuzzaman, among others, were present at the press briefing.
Besides, Civil Surgeon Dr Siddiqur Rahman said 20 overseas returnees have contacted the local administration and all of them were kept in home quarantine.
Bangladesh announced its first coronavirus death on Wednesday. Four more people tested positive for coronavirus, taking the number of patients to 14 in the country.
On March 8, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) announced the detection of three Covid-19 patients in Bangladesh. Of them, two were Italy-returnees while the third one was the wife of one of them. All of them have been discharged.
COVID-19 is affecting 176 countries and territories around the world and one international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harboured in Yokohama, Japan).
The World Health Organization on March 11 declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic.
Fifty shops were gutted in a fire that broke out at College Gate in the district town early Thursday.
The fire started around 3:30am at a shop and spread to adjoining shops, said Ratan Kumar Nath, deputy director of Rangamati Fire Service and Civil Defence.
On information, eight firefighting units and army members went to the spot and extinguished the blaze after three hours of frantic effort.
Affected shop owners say the fire caused a loss of about Tk 2 crore.
Dr Ashraf Siddiqui, a noted poet, folklorist and former director general of Bangla Academy, died due to old age complications at a hospital in the city early Thursday.
He was 90.
Duty manager of Apollo Hospital , Chinmoy said Dr Ashraf breathed his last around 3:15am at the hospital.
Dr Ashraf has been undergoing treatment at the hospital since February 20 with respiratory problems.
He obtained his PhD in folklore studies from Indiana University, United States. His major works include Taleb Master and other poetries (1950), Bish Konya (1955), Saat Bhai Champa (1955), Uttar Akasher Tara (1958), Kuchboron Konya (1976), Brikkho Dao Chhaya Dao (1984), Jhor Tufane (1985), Darao Pothikbor (1990) and many more.
From 1976 to 1983, Dr Ashraf served as the Director-General of Bangla Academy.
For his noteworthy contributions to documentation and research on Bangladeshi folk culture, he received Bangla Academy Award in 1964 and Ekushey Padak in 1988. He is also an Unesco award recipient.
Dr Ashraf Siddiqui also served as the Chairman of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha. (BSS).
Interns at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) abstained from work from Thursday morning demanding safety equipment amid the threat of coronavirus outbreak.
Iqbal Hasan, general secretary of Intern Physician Parishad, said there are 200 interns under the hospital and the authorities concerned have not taken any effective measures to ensure their safety.
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Many patients with cough and cold have come to the hospital for treatment and they are admitted without any tests. Physicians are providing medical services to them without minimum safety measures, he said.
“That’s why we went on work abstention from this morning,” he said.
Assistant Director of RMCH Dr Kamal said they are providing medical services at the emergency gate under special care and they have informed the authorities concerned about the safety issue.
Earlier this week, four doctors of Dhaka Medical College Hospital were sent to home quarantine after they handled a patient who was later tested positive for coronavirus.
Bangladesh has confirmed 14 coronavirus cases and one death.
Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), the country’s first leadership institute, has offered its employees the option to work from home from Thursday.
The institute promises to take further measures to ensure physical and mental wellbeing of its employees during the Coronavirus pandemic, said a press release.
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BYLC has also cancelled all its physical classes and programmes till April 16.
However, students interested in taking BYLC courses can avail them from BYLCx, the
institute’s online education platform.
In addition, a no-visitor policy will be enforced at BYLC from March 22 till March 31 to limit the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of the employees who decided to work from the office premises.
BYLC’s People Development team will also work to provide counselling to any of its staff who
needs support during this period.
“We also have a separate taskforce consisting of some of our employees who will stay on top of the current situation and develop BYLC’s response to the crisis,” stated Ejaj Ahmad, founder and president of BYLC.