Amid smooth movement of the Armed Forces to assist the civil administration in preventing community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), 2,024 migrants are remaining at home quarantine on Wednesday in Rangpur division. Health officials said 396 expatriate Bangladeshis have been quarantined at homes in last 24 hours in all eight districts of the division.
In last 24 hours, 396 new migrants, including 27 of Rangpur, 50 of Panchagarh, 16 of Nilphamari, 32 of Lalmonirhat, 34 of Kurigram, 42 of Thakurgaon, 173 of Dinajpur and 22 of Gaibandha districts have been home- quarantined. Focal Person of COVID-19 and Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr. ZA Siddiqui said one suspected coronavirus patient is undergoing treatment now at the Isolation Unit of Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH), reports BSS.
"Since the beginning, 2,585 migrants were home-quarantined in Rangpur division, and of them, 558 were released after expiry of their 14-day quarantine period and two COVID-19 patients of Gaibandha district were sent recently to the IEDCR at Dhaka," he said.
He said 2,024 migrants are now remaining at home quarantines, including 173 in Rangpur, 510 in Panchagarh, 179 in Nilphamari, 153 in Lalmonirhat, 193 in Kurigram, 210 in Thakurgaon, 367 in Dinajpur and 239 in Gaibandha districts of the division.
"We have kept 10 beds ready at the Isolation Unit of RMCH, 3 to 4 beds mready in every upazila headquarters for isolation of COVID-19 infected. people, if necessary anytime," he said. Besides, the 100-bed Rangpur Shishu Hospital, 31-bed Haragachh Hospital, Tazhat Chest Disease Hospital, Primary Teachers Training Institute and Training Centre of the Department of Youth Development here will be used as Corona Units if needed, he added.
Meanwhile, Rangpur City Corporation, Rangpur Metropolitan Police, District Police, Public Health and Engineering Department and many voluntary organizations are conducting activities to prevent community transmission of coronavirus.
The activities include distribution of awareness raising leaflets, masks, spraying antibiotics on the streets, roads, market and public places, washing hands with shops and cleanliness campaign to prevent COVID-19 spread in the city.
Rangpur Divisional Director (Health) Dr. Md. Amin Ahmed Khan said activities are going on in a well-coordinated manner to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 in the division. Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) Md. Zakir Hossain members of the Armed Forces are assisting the civil administration to face the COVID-19 situation.
"The Armed Forces are assisting in preventing community and mass gathering, ensuring quarantine of all migrants, monitoring institutional quarantine and isolation units and health service providing facilities to face the COVID-19 situation," he said. He called upon the mass media to create community awareness to ensure cent percent home or institutional quarantines of all migrants for 14 days and complying with health directives of the government to prevent community spread of COVID-19.
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