BSS-37 Using mask over corona virus unnecessary: IEDCR





Using mask over corona virus unnecessary: IEDCR

DHAKA, Feb 4, 2020 (BSS) – Use of mask and other personal precautions
like hand sanitizer over the panic of corona virus in the country is
unnecessary, experts said.

“Using mask to avoid corona virus is useless in our country. Even there
is no need of taking any personal precaution over the virus as the virus is
yet to reach our country,” Principal Scientific Officer of Institute of
Epidemiology Disease Control & Research (IEDCR) Dr ASM Alamgir told BSS.

Dr Alamgir, also the chief of the corona virus control room of IEDCR,
urged people not to spread any kind of rumor over the deadly virus.

IEDCR, country’s state-run disease monitoring wing, has screened a total
of 5,952 China returnees until February 3 from January 21, 2020, he said.

“We received the test results and found nobody was infected with the
virus,” IEDCR Director Meerjady Sabrina Flora told BSS.

“Those who were admitted at Kurmitola General Hospital were sent to
Ashkona Hajj camp on Sunday night. However, one was sent back to Kurmitola
Hospital for monitoring after he was found to have high body temperature,”
she added.

The disease monitoring wing, already running four hotline numbers —
01937110011, 01937000011, 01927711784 and 01927711785 — to solve any type of
confusion about the virus and creating awareness among people.

Till yesterday, it received 290 phone calls while screened 39 suspects
and found all negative for the virus.

Television sets and Wi-Fi connection have been provided for the China
returnees at the Ashkona Hajj Camp, she said.

A total of 312 Bangladeshis were brought back to Dhaka from the Chinese
city of Wuhan, the locked down epicenter of the deadly corona virus outbreak
that has sparked a global health emergency.

BSS/SPL/DH/IJ/1848 hrs