Coronavirus Fallout

Free transport service for medics, nurses launched in city

Staff Correspondent

2 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

A free transport service for caregivers including doctors and nurses was launched on Wednesday to help the medical service providers go to hospitals in a fast and convenient way amid their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

A number of buses and microbuses have been arranged to pick up doctors and nurses from their homes and drop them off at hospitals in three shifts at 8 am, 2 pm and 8 pm every day in the capital. The transport service will also be provided for doctors and nurses in case of emergency calls within the capital, said a press release.

So far more than 250 doctors and caregivers have registered to get the services and any doctor or caregiver in need of the service can register through the website– and can call the hotline number – 09639595959 to avail the free transport services.

The service was named as ‘Crack Platoon Transport Service’ being inspired by the famous guerrilla unit named ‘Crack Platoon’ that had conducted a number of heroic commando operation in Dhaka during the country’s great War of Liberation in 1971.

Under the supervision of Health Directorate, a non-government organization named ‘The Earth Society’ and a vehicle IT solution firm ‘Bondstein Technologies’ have jointly took the initiative with the support of DBL Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Dhaka Hub of Global Shapers.

A coordination meeting on the service was held on Tuesday at the Health Directorate with Professor Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, Director General of the Health Directorate in the chair.

Professor Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, Senior Vice-President of Swadhinata Chikitshok Parishad Dr. Md. Jamal Uddin Chowdhury formally inaugurated the transport service.

Managing director of DBL Group MA Jabbar, The Earth Society Co-founder Md. Sadequl Arefin and Executive Director Md Mia and Bondstein Technologies Director Zafir Shafiq Chowdhury were also present.