All entry points on alert to detect deadly ‘corona virus’

Staff Correspondent

21 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

All the entry points of the country have been put on alert to prevent the entry of those carrying the deadly “Corona virus” which has been spreading in China.

“We have already alerted all entry points of the country including the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka to detect anyone carrying the corona virus,” Prof Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told the daily sun.

““The deadly corona virus has not yet been detected in Bangladesh and not even any suspected case, but if anyone is infected with the virus after 14 days of entry then they are requested to inform us as soon as possible,” she added.

Corona viruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal corona viruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people such as has been seen with MERS and SARS.

According to WHO, Corona viruses (CoV) cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.   “If we find anyone having 100 physical temperature, we will isolate the person and go for further checkups”, said HSIA director Director of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) Touhid-ul-Ahsan. He added that the thermal detection system in the ports would automatically detect any passenger having more than 100 temperatures.

Meerjady Sabrina Flora added “they are paying special attention to the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport as three flights operate between Dhaka and China everyday from the airport.”

“We also asked the sea and land ports to remain alert about people who are coming from the countries where the corona virus has been found,” the medical scientist said.

She said a team of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) also held meeting with immigration authority, airport doctors and other concerned about the coronavirus.

“The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a deadly virus. Though there is no reason to be panicked now,  but we have to remain alert,” Dr ASM Alamgir, Principal Scientific Officer of IIEDCR told daily sun.

ASM Alamgir, also a virologist said they visited the airport on Monday briefed civil aviation authority and airport officials and airport health officials about the virus, its consequences.  He said they also gave necessary training to the airport health staffs about the virus for screening the passengers who will come from China and other countries where the coronavirus outbreak is reported.

A team of the Diseases Control of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) will carry out screening activities at the airport on Monday.   “We are alert and prepared to face any type of situation,” ASM Alamgir said.

A large number of people frequently visit China from Bangladesh while many Chinese people also visit Bangladesh every day. That’s why, the health directorate fears that the virus may entered Bangladesh through any human. Sources at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport said that they are applying two methods for detecting deadly ‘Corona virus’ that originated from China.