A total of 328 new persons have been put under home quarantine in Rajshahi division in the last 24 hours to prevent community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Divisional Director of Health Dr Gopendra Nath Acharya said 328 migrants have been quarantined at homes in all eight districts of the division till 8 am totaling the number to 4,042 since March 10 last.Of them, 1,731 were released after expiry of their 14-day quarantine till this morning in the division Among the new ones, 106 have been home-quarantined in Rajshahi, 32 in Chapainawabgonj, seven in Naogaon, 16 in Natore, 25 in Joypurhat, 129 in Bogura and 12 in Pabna. 313 others were released during the last 24 hours.
Dr Gopen Acharya said comprehensive efforts are continuing to ensure stay at home, social distancing and washing hands with water and soap.
All the government authorities concerned including the public representatives are conducting activities to contain coronavirus spread.
Meanwhile, effective step has been taken to strengthen the Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) aimed at combating the virus outbreak.
The RMCH’s 30 Number Ward, which is at present accommodating Intensive Care Unit (ICU), High Dependency Unit (HDU), Burn and Plastic Surgery and Neurosurgery, is being prepared for treatment of the infected patients. Dr Gopen said two more isolation units were established.
The 60-bed CDM Hospital has been handed over to the command of RMCH to provide treatment facilities to the corona patients. Another 20-bed Cancer Hospital and Research Center has also been brought under the RMCH’s command for the same purpose. This hospital will be upgraded to 60-bed one within the near future.Earlier on, the 30-bed Rajshahi Infectious Disease Hospital and 10-bed Leprosy Control Centre were prepared for treatment of the infected persons. On the other hand, Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) has launched a special drive to keep the city disinfected by spraying bleaching powder mixed liquid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Talking to BSS here today, RCC Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton said the Disinfectant Spraying Drive on the city streets will continue using three water-tanks, one Jed and a police water-tank.
He also said that the city corporation has adopted diversified measures, including creating awareness among the public in general through distributing leaflets and using loudspeakers.
Masks and sanitizers are being distributed among the health, conservancy workers and the city dwellers, he said, adding, 490 personal protective equipment (PPE) including 370 for RMCH reached here to protect the doctors and nurses from infection.
Mentioning that booths for using hand sanitizers by the roaming people were set up on 26 spots across the city, Liton said steps have also been taken to strengthen the RMCH and other hospitals for treatment of the infected patients.