1,825 home-quarantined in Rangpur division

Publish: 8:56 PM, March 24, 2020 | Update: 8:56:PM, March 24, 2020

RANGPUR, – Under strict supervision of the authorities concerned, 1,825 migrants are remaining in quarantine at homes in Rangpur division to prevent community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Talking to BSS, Focal Person of COVID-19 and Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr. ZA Siddiqui said 304 new migrants have been
quarantined at homes during the last 24 hours in all eight districts of Rangpur division.

“A total of 2,184 migrants were quarantined at homes so far in Rangpur division and of them, 359 were given clearance after their stay in home
quarantine for 14 days without symptoms of coronavirus,” he said.

Presently, 1,825 migrants are remaining in home quarantines, including 191 in Rangpur, 562 in Panchagarh, 168 in Nilphamari, 131 in Lalmonirhat, 176 in Kurigram, 174 in Thakurgaon, 197 in Dinajpur and 226 in Gaibandha districts of the division.

Dr. Siddiqui said 10 beds are ready at the Isolation Unit of Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) and 3 to 4 beds ready in every upazila
headquarters across Rangpur division for isolation of COVID-19 infected people anytime.

Besides, 200 beds have been kept ready to keep expatriate Bangladeshis or suspected coronavirus infected patients in quarantine at the newly built
100-bed Rangpur Shishu Hospital in the city.

“The 31-bed Haragachh Hospital, Tazhat Chest Disease Hospital, Primary Teachers’ Training Institute and Training Centre of the Department of Youth Development in the city will be used as Corona Units if needed anytime in the future,” he added.

Talking to BSS, Rangpur Divisional Director (Health) Dr. Md. Amin Ahmed Khan stressed on public awareness to ensure cent percent quarantines of
migrants for 14 days to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 for avoiding an unfortunate situation.

He put special emphasis on creating community level awareness and engaging comprehensive efforts to ensure quarantine of all migrants for
preventing community transmission of COVID-19 in Rangpur division.

Meanwhile, members of the Armed Forces have started assisting the civil administration in different preventive measures to contain the spread of
COVID-19 in all eight districts of Rangpur division as elsewhere in the country.

Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) Md. Zakir Hossain said the Armed Forces today attended meetings with Deputy Commissioners and other officials to chalk out plans to face the COVID-19 situation.

“The Armed Forces will assist the civil administrations in preventing mass gathering, ensuring quarantine of expatriate Bangladeshis, monitoring
institutional quarantine and isolation units and health service providing facilities in the division,” he added.

Deputy Commissioner of Rangpur Md. Asib Ahsan said the Armed Forces will assist the civil administration from tomorrow to face the COVID-19 situation in the district as per plans chalked out in a meeting held at his conference room here today.