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28 March, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Health professionals need enough protective gear

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS HERE REMAIN VULNERABLE TO THE DISEASE
Health professionals need enough protective gear

It is very worrying that among the people who have been so far identified with COVID-19 in the country are several health professionals including doctors and nurses. Before, there were only one doctor and two nurses. But yesterday we had the report of two more doctors who were found with coronavirus positive. This is  a depressing scenario, if among 48 patients of COVID-19, five are health professionals.

It means that health professionals here remain vulnerable to the disease. In such a case, they will be increasingly afraid of treating, not just COVID-19 patients, but any other viral infection with similar symptoms.

The more number of infection in health professionals primarily speaks of the fact that they do not have enough protective gear to approach and treat COVID-19 patients. The health ministry as well as hospital authorities, public or private, must immediately address this fact and ensure safety of the health professionals first.

For checking spread of coronavirus, Bangladesh is presently going through a state almost close to lockdown and people in general are responding to the directions of the government fairly well by keeping themselves indoors. Still there are many who are taking this very contagious disease lightly or there are some people who are out of ignorance making crowds in haats and bazaars.

These are not only making themselves vulnerable but others as well. They must be convinced to go indoors. But first they have to be persuaded for that; but if that does not work, they can be forced to do so by applying force in a measured way.

Bangladesh is still not in a lockdown phase, but WHO has warned nations that lockdown alone will not be able to contain the spread of the disease. While complete lockdown is a must for Bangladesh if rate of infection rises, authorities also need to ensure that COVID-19 screening is adequately done and positive cases are immediately isolated.

Still, the hospitals also need to have enough ventilation support in their ICU facilities. With combined effort Bangladesh would hopefully be able to avert a major outbreak in the country.   

 

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