Expats asked to call IEDCR if in difficulties

312 Wuhan returnees can now move freely

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:32, Feb 25,2020


The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research on Monday advised the Bangladeshi expatriates to contact its hotlines if they faced any difficulties in seeking medical care about coronavirus due to language barrier.

The IEDCR hotlines are: +8801937000011, +8801937110011, +8801927711784 and +8801927711785.

The institute said that they would establish communication between the expatriates and the respective countries’ health departments for their treatment or other healthcare measures for the Covid-19 coronavirus infection or prevention.

‘The [Covid-19] coronavirus has already spread to 29 countries where many Bangladeshis live. If anyone faces difficulties seeking treatment for language barrier, we would help them contact the relevant country’s health department,’ said IEDCR director Meerjady Sabrina Flora.

She said that the six Bangladeshis found infected with the virus—five in Singapore and one in United Arab Emirates —were receiving care properly.

One of the five people infected in Singapore remains in intensive care unit while the four others’ health conditions are stable, she said, adding that the condition of the Bangladeshi in the UAE was also stable.

Meerjady also advised Bangladeshis not to travel abroad unless the trip was unavoidable.

She said that none was still infected with the virus in Bangladesh, adding that avoiding foreign trips would help not to spread the Covid-19 virus.

She also disclosed that the 312 Bangladeshis who were brought back from Wuhan of China and released after 14-day quarantine in Dhaka were in good health.

The Wuhan returnees, who were advised to stay in home quarantine for 10 more days, can now move freely, the IEDCR director said.

‘They are all fine and they can now move freely,’ she said.

In China, the death toll from the new coronavirus rose to 2,592 on Monday.

The Wold Health Organisation has already announced a global health emergency over the coronavirus outbreak that has already spread to 29 countries.

Bangladesh, too, has prepared with preventive measures, including installing screening system at all the ports of entry to the country.

Besides, isolation centres have been opened at all the medical college hospitals and districts hospitals.

The IEDCR in its daily update Monday evening said that it had so far screened 3.64 lakh people since January 21and none was found infected with the virus.

The disease control agency has advised all to maintain hygiene to fend off coronavirus infection.

The advice includes washing hands with soap for 20 seconds, protecting the face with mask from coronavirus symptoms like sneezing, coughing, fever and breathing difficulty. If anyone coming from abroad finds the symptoms in them, they are also requested to contact the IEDCR hotlines.

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