Members of Bangladesh Navy are working relentlessly in coastal areas of the country to help the civil administration prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Navy vessels and contingents are working under ‘In aid to Civil Power’ to ensure that people maintain social distancing and coronavirus suspects and infected people remain in quarantine and Isolation. They are also working to raise public awareness.Currently, Bangladesh Navy members are working in 19 coastal upazilas under Chattogram, Khulna and Barishal division to help the civil administration in implementing the government directives to fight against the coronavirus, Rashedul Alam Khan, Assistant Director at the Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) Directorate, told daily sun.
Naval ships are involved in alerting fishermen, who are fishing by small and large trawlers in the sea and rivers of coastal areas, about exercising social distancing.
Navy members provided practical guidance for compliance with cleanliness among costal people including the fishermen.
They also created various campaigns to create mass awareness among the people of coastal areas like using loudspeakers to avoid public meetings and maintain social distancing with distributing leaflets among the people to prevent Covid-19.
To deal with the corona, navy members provided food assistance to the poor, distressed and helpless in the remote costal and mountainous regions from the ration allotted to navy members.
Naval personnel have provided relief to the distressed fishermen families by going door-to-door in remote areas of the char region.Disinfectant soaps, masks, rice, pulses, potatoes and various food items were also distributed to the poor and the destitute to help them cope with the situation.
As part of the nationwide disinfectant operations programme, the naval personnel are carrying out various awareness raising activities including spraying disinfectant to keep the roads, sidewalks and surrounding areas of Dhaka, Khulna and Chittagong germ-free.
Bangladesh Navy provided various personal protective equipment (PPE) including protective clothing, masks, gloves, special safety glasses and thermometers to various hospitals for the doctors and nurses working there from the Navy’s own funds.
In addition, the poorest and most destitute segment of population in Dhaka, Khulna and Barisal are being assisted almost daily with funds and personal donations from the naval personnel.
From these funds and grants, food aid has already been distributed among about 67,000 helpless and poor families in those areas and prepared food and iftar/sehri have been distributed to more than 9,000 families.
At the same time, in addition to fulfilling its responsibilities for the country, the Bangladesh government has extended its hand of friendship to the neighbouring Maldives. The navy ship BNS Somudra Avijan has delivered necessary medical and safety items to the expatriate Bengalees in the Maldives.
Navy has set a unique example of humanity by rescuing 306 forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals who were floating in the sea for a long time during the Corona epidemic and taking them to a shelter in Bhasan Char.
Navy members provided 30 days of dry rations, daily food and drinking water to the needy people of Myanmar in Bhasan Char.
Even in this hazardous time of the epidemic, Bangladesh Navy has always been working with 3 to 4 ships with the required manpower to conduct Jatka abolition prevention operations in Barishal, Patuakhali, Bhola and Chandpur from 15 March.
On March 23, the government decided to deploy members of the Armed Forces In Aid to assist civil power across the country and Bangladesh Navy started its activities on March 25.
Members of Bangladesh Navy are working in 19 coastal upazilas under several districts while Bangladesh Army members 62 districts of the country.
Members of Bangladesh Air Force are engaged in transporting emergency medical equipment, medicines and serious patients from nearby BAF bases.