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3 Filipinos with fever under watch at Mongla

Not just Chinese, all foreigners screened: IEDCR
Staff Reporter, Dhaka

Three Filipino sailors onboard a ship in Mongla Port were kept in isolation yesterday (Thursday) for having body temperature more than the normal range, amid the global outbreak of coronavirus. The authorities have also stopped offloading goods from the MV Serenitas-N, a bulk carrier sailing under the flag of the Marshall Islands.

Sufia Khatun, health officer of the port, said,“The three crew members were found with body temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. We asked them to remain inside their rooms,” adding that two of them had normal body temperature when they were tested again on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, a Bangladeshi man, who recently returned from Dubai, has been admitted to a hospital in the city with fever and cold-related issues. The Bangladeshi national, hailing from Kanaighat upazila, returned on February 29.

He was admitted to Ragib Rabeya Medical College Hospital on Wednesday with fever and cold related problems, said Civil Surgeon Premananda Mandal.

Doctors later recommended shifting the patient to Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital suspecting Coronavirus but he stayed at his home.

Then, he went to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital at night for treatment and the hospital authorities sent him to 14-day quarantine at Shaheed Shamsuddin Ahmed Hospital, Mandal said, adding that a medical board will examine him today.

An 11-member multisectoral committee was formed to prevent

coronavirus following the hospitalization of the Dubai-returnee. Deputy Commissioner Kazi M Emdadul Islam was made the chief of the committee while Civil Surgeon Dr Premananda Mondol made the member secretary.

Meanwhile, a team of Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research (IEDCR) collected sample from the Dubai-returnee’s body on Thursday afternoon, said Dr Nur-e-Alam Shamim, deputy civil surgeon.

In Mongla, harbour master of Mongla Port Fakharuddin Ahmed confirmed the matter of quarantine and said the ship arrived at the port via Chattogram on Wednesday night with 24,000 tonnes of coal.

As per the rule, a medical team went aboard the ship on the same night and conducted tests on the sailors. Three of them, all Philippines nationals, were found with fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, he added. Although the sailors had high body temperature, they did not show other symptoms common to coronavirus patients, said the official.

The port authorities banned the other sailors from getting off the ship, said Fakharuddin.

The Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research IEDCR, (IEDCR) Director, Meerjady Sabrina Flora, said yesterday: “Media reports that only people from China are being screened is not correct. This has created confusion. Maybe the Chinese Ambassador got the wrong information, and made the statement mistakenly.”

However, she said the IEDCR would provide the media with regular updates on coronavirus.

She mentioned that passengers and crew on flights from China were being screened since January 25. Not only Chinese, all on the flights were being screened. On February 7, all air, sea and land passengers were screened.

So far, more than four lakh passengers have been screened, she added.

She said three passengers of a ship at Mongla port were reported to have symptoms of coronavirus. Samples have been taken from them for medical tests.

The ship has been kept in the deep sea. The

entire matter would be investigated.

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