Coronavirus Fallout

Cops get protective gears from COAB

Staff Correspondent

30 March, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Chinese Overseas Association Bangladesh (COAB), an organisation of the Chinese citizens working in Bangladesh, has now come forward donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Bangladesh police against the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic sweeping the globe.

Their donated equipment include one lakh pieces of disposable face mask (surgical mask), 5000 PPE, 5000 testing kits, 100 litres (20 bottles) Isopropyl Alcohol and 50 liters (50 bottles) hand sanitizers. COAB President Zhuang Lifeng formally handed over the goods to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary at Police Headquarters on Sunday.

While addressing the press, the police chief urged people not to pay heed to rumour over the virus.

“A vested quarter is trying to mislead people with false information centering the fatal disease on different social media . . . Stern action will be taken against the individuals who try to spread rumour on this,” he told the newsmen on the occasion. On the Coronavirus outbreak and subsequently government directives, Patwary requested the people to abide by the  government instruction and medical guidelines in this regard so that all can stay safe.

“Please stay safe at home . . .  Follow the heath directives to keep you safe from the diseases,” the police chief categorically said.

Different units of law enforcement agency are working with it (spreading rumour) and in the meantime some people have been identified and nabbed as well, he said, adding that none involved in spreading falsehood on the social media will be spared.

At the same time, the IGP further asked the police members to be more humane in discharging their respective professional duties.

Dr Javed also mentioned the countrywide ongoing awareness campaign carried out by police against the COVID 19 and said from the very beginning of its outbreak in other parts of the world, police here are engaged in campaign for awareness in various means, including distributing leaflets and brandishing banners and festoons, going to mosques and other religious institutions to build mass awareness against the diseases.

On the occasion of handing over the protective gears, COAB vice-president Feng Xiaorong, Qiu Xiaobin, executive director Chen Qihua, Secretary general Ding Tian, director Lin Zhichao, additional IG Dr Mainur Rahman Chowdhury, Additional IG Abdus Salam, Additional IG Mir Shahidul Islam, DMP commissioner Shafiqul Islam, among others, were present.