‘Return to Dhaka after 2 weeks’

DGHS advises Eid holidaymakers

Staff Correspondent

17 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

‘Return to Dhaka after 2 weeks’

People who left Dhaka in droves to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr at their village homes start returning to the capital. In the photo taken from Shimulia Ghat in Munshiganj district on Sunday, people are seen getting down from an overcrowded ferry paying no heed to health guidelines. —Reaz Ahmed Sumon

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Sunday urged the Eid holidaymakers to return to Dhaka after 7-14 days if they do not have any urgency to help check further spread of coronavirus.

“The government advised people not to leave their respective dwellings in cities during the Eid. But a large number of people travelled to their village homes in various ways. We request them to return at least after 7-14 days if their offices are not open and if they don’t face any losses for being late,” Dr Md. Nazmul Islam, spokesperson of the DGHS, said.

The DGHS official came up with the request during the regular health bulletin on Sunday.  Urging people who are returning to Dhaka to maintain health guidelines during their way back to the capital, he said those who have Covid-19 symptoms must undergo RT-PCR tests at the nearest health complexes or district sadar, specialised or medical college hospitals.

Mentioning that there was no room for satisfaction in the current declining trend of coronavirus infection since Bangladesh is still in the middle of the second wave of Covid-19.

Nazmul Islam said those who are returning from India through different land ports are being sent to institutional quarantine. “Those who are returning from India should not avoid the institutional quarantine. Don’t risk the lives of others by doing so.”

He said six people have so far been identified with the Indian variant and five of them have already recovered fully from the virus. “We didn’t find any infected patients in those who came in contact with the positive cases,” he added.

The DGHS official said genome sequencing tests are being carried out at 20-26 laboratories every day to know the prevalence of different Covid-19 variants in the country.  

He said it is now important to conduct tests as much as possible, adding, “The more tests we can conduct, the more cases will be detected. The more cases we can identify, the more we’ll have the opportunity to do genome sequencing.”

In Dhaka city, Nazmul Islam said there are 3,440 beds in government hospitals and 2,785 of those now vacant.

Besides, he said, 1,663 out of 1801 beds in private hospitals are now available for Covid-19 patients.