‘Home quarantine’ must for those quitted cities on holiday

Test facilities to be extended as 5 more infected

Staff Correspondent

27 March, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The government’s health officials on Thursday alerted that those who quit cities to go to different parts of Bangladesh taking advantage of a 10-day anti-corona special holiday to remain in “home quarantine” as five more new cases of the bug were detected, but no deaths.

Besides, to overcome delays and hassles faced by suspected cases in getting test results, the ministry has also decided to extend the facilities both in Dhaka as well as outside the capital in phases if the number of coronavirus infected patients increased.

Prof Dr Meerjadey Sabrina Flora, director of the IEDCR told an online press brief from the institute located in Mohakhali of the capital on Thursday that the people should follow the government’s steps taken to check the spread of coronavirus across the country.

 “Those who have gone to their village homes (from the cities) will also have to stay in home quarantine like the returnees from abroad,” she said, cautioning that there is a possibility of spreading the coronavirus through them also.

“We are now testing samples of suspected covid-19 patients in extended definition as earlier we only tested samples of people with symptoms of the disease came from abroad, who came to contact of the returnees and came to contact with infected patients,” she said.

The IEDCR director said the samples of the suspected coronavirus infected patients will be collected the same way the sample was collected earlier but the samples will be tested in local hospitals across the country and samples of Dhaka city will be tested in the IEDCR.

She said the coronavirus testing facility is being extended in Dhaka city and outside the capital. In phases, the facility will be extended in divisional level.

       She further said the coronavirus testing facility has been already started at national Institute of Public Health, Dhaka Shishu Hospital.

Dr Flora said the testing facility also will be available at Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Sir Salimullah Medical College & Mitford Hospital alongside the IEDCR in the capital.  

She also reminded about her Wednesday’s press conference statement that the testing facility also will be available in Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, Rangpur Medical College Hospital, Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, Khulna Medical College Hospital and Barishal Medical College Hospital, she added.

The coronavirus testing facility also will be available at Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases at Faujdarhat in Chittagong and IEDCR field laboratory in Cox’s Bazar, she added.

She said local centers will collect samples and will carry out test in the respective area centers.

After a gap one day of zero new coronavirus cases, five more new cases were  diagnosed to take the total confirmed covid-19 patients to 44. So far five people have been confirmed dead withy the deadly bug, said the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).

“We have tested 126 samples in the past 24 hours while five new people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus infection raising the total number of coronavirus infection to 44,” said Dr. Flora adding that the IEDCR have so far tested 920 samples since January 21 till.

Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus death on March 18. On March 8, the IEDCR announced for the first time the detection of three Covid-19 patients in Bangladesh.

A seven-month-old baby has been put in an isolation ward at Kushtia General Hospital on suspicion of coronavirus infection on Thursday, hospital sources said.

Family members brought the baby to the hospital on March 25. The baby has fever, cold and cough. The child was admitted to the pediatric ward for treatment. But the baby’s condition worsened on Thursday and was undergoing treatment for pneumonia, the sources added.

According to Dr. Flora all of the new coronavirus infected are male and one of them came from abroad, while three others contacted from a covid-19 patient. The status of the fifth one is yet to be traced.

 “The new five covid-19 patients have mild symptoms of the coronavirus infection and one of them have been suffering from co-morbidity,” she added.

The IEDCR director claimed that the total number of people who recovered from the disease stood at 11 with four more added to the list in the past 24 hours .

She said 44 confirmed and suspected coronavirus infected patients are staying in isolation and 151 more in institutional quarantine, while 30,617 were in home quarantine.