[theindependentbd.com] Chinese, local suspects hospitalised in two dists
A Chinese national, suspected to be suffering from coronavirus, was admitted to the isolation unit of the Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) yesterday while a Bangladeshi expatriate was referred to Dhaka from Tangail General Hospital upon his arrival from Singapore, though doctors in Tangail didn't find any symptoms of coronavirus in his body.
Meanwhile, Chinese government will provide 500 sets of cononavirus testing kits to Bangladesh within two days to identify coronavirus as a gesture of goodwill and strong faith that Bangladesh has in China in winning the battle against COVID-19, the Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming said.
Quarantine period for the China evacuees with suspected COVID-19 is extended to 24 days instead of 14 on World Health Organization advice. The United Nations agency prescribes this change as a study by the US CDC suggested the extension but for added precaution, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) is planning further to extend up to 30 days. Director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora said that the 312 Bangladeshi evacuees from China's coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan have been advised to exercise extra caution for the next 10 days as they returned home after close surveillance in isolation for two weeks in Ashkona Hajj camp.
Meanwhile, in Rangpur the Chinese
national, who was admitted to RMCH, works at Saidpur-based Uttara Export Processing Zone (UEPZ) in Nilphamari, said RMCH spokesperson Narayan Chandra.
"We have reported the case to IEDCR in Dhaka," he said. "They will send a medical team, who will collect samples for medical tests," he added.
In Tangail, the man, who recently returned from Singapore, went to the Basail Upazila Health Complex yesterday in face of the rage of his local community. Doctors from there referred him to Tangail General Hospital. Doctors from that hospital didn't find any coronavirus in his body.
But, as a returnee from Singapore, where five Bangladeshis are infected with that virus, he was suggested to take treatment in Dhaka by Tangail General Hospital.
Doctor of emergency department of Tangail General Hospital Mozammel Hossain said, "No coronavirus was found in his body. His body has no symptoms of fever or chills. However, as he is from abroad and people are suspecting him, he has been advised to go to Dhaka and have condition tested."
About providing 500 sets of cononavirus testing kits to Bangladesh the Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming said, "The embassy has ordered 500 coronavirus testing kits innovated by Beijing Genomic Institution to help enhance Bangladesh's capacity to detect virus infection at an earliest possible time. It would be very helpful to stop the virus spreading in this country. These kits will arrive within two days."
Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming came up with the statement at a meeting with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at the latter's office in the capital.
Abdul Momen said, "The trend of increasing of this virus has stopped. The total number of victims is not increasing. In the Hubei province it has been by and large under control. China has done wonderful job by shutting down the entire city of the epicentre of the virus."
Since the outbreak of the virus, Bangladesh is continuously in contact with China, foreign minister said.
"Our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sent letters to Chinese President and also chairman of CPC Xi Jinping, offering the country with handwash, masks, gloves, aprons for the use of Chinese brothers," he added.
Receiving the letter from Abdul Momen, Chinese Ambassador Li Jiming said, "During this hardship it's a great consolation to receive a heart soothing letter from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinaaddressed to Chinese president Xi Jinping."
"Since the outbreak of the virus, Bangladesh has been cooperating very closely with the Chinese side. We have also received many letters of sympathy from eminent quarters of Bangladesh including two letters from Sheikh Hasina," he added.
"We are also receiving donations from local organisations and individuals," he added.
Quoting Chinese cooperation to Bangladesh, he said, "Three days ago the Chinese government provided $670 million dollars in cash under the south-south cooperation to help reduce the maternal mortality rate in Bangladesh. This mutual cooperation is still going on and all of these speak volumes of China-Bangladesh partnership of strategic ties."
Chinese Ambassador said, "This year is a critical historical juncture for China and Bangladesh. China is going to eliminate absolute poverty and become a moderately prosperous society while Bangladesh is celebrating the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and on its way to become a middle-income country by 2021."
Foreign minister Abdul Momen said, "We brought 312 Bangladeshi from China. There are still 171 Bangladeshi in Hubei province and they are willing to come back. "We are working pluck them out of China if the country allows," he added.
In reply to a query, Li Jiming said, "The raw materials of textile and garment of Bangladesh is largely reliable on China. Wuhan is not the main supply area of textile material rather it is mainly an electronic city," he added.
At IEDCR, Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora said, "The returnees will be kept under observation for 10 more days as quarantine period. The suspects should avoid big gatherings and stay back at home unless there's an emergency.
Even then, they should wear masks when they go out," she said.
Explaining the reason for the 24-day quarantine period, she said, "The IEDCR was doing everything in accordance with the World Health Organisation's advice. A study by the US CDC suggested extending it to 24 days in place of 14 days. As an added precaution, the IEDCR is planning a quarantine period for 30 days."
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