This article is about some significant steps taken by the Bangladesh Government within these five months for Covid-19 control in Bangladesh after the coronavirus outbreak.
In 2020, Covid-19 is a great threat for humankind, which is caused by the coronavirus. This dangerous virus has already taken more than 8 lac lives all over the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared this disease as a pandemic. To stop the proliferation of coronavirus, like other countries, Bangladesh has also taken some Covid-19 control steps from the beginning of this epidemic. In this article, we will discuss the initiatives of the Bangladesh Government to combat this epidemic.
Covid-19 Control Steps Taken By Bangladesh Government
The Bangladesh government took the issue of Covid-19 seriously when the coronavirus started spreading worldwide. After broadcasting the news of coronavirus founding in Wuhan in China, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh discussed this matter in a general meeting in the town hall and talked about the initiatives for Covid-19 control.
When Covid-19 had spread its infection in China, Europe, and the US, the people of Bangladesh who lived as immigrants in those countries began to return immediately. The government could neither send them back nor welcome them warmly, and to tackle this problem, airport security was tightened. Thermal scanners were installed to identify the infected ones. Among them, most of the scanners were found out of date and not operated in the right way, and as a consequence, this move of government failed miserably.
On 8 March, the first three affected patients of coronavirus were detected in Bangladesh. To stop the coronavirus proliferation, the government decided to close all educational institutions from 17 March. Fourteen days of obligatory quarantine were imposed on all travelers who entered into the country. From 26 March the government of Bangladesh enforced a ten days nation-wide lockdown as a Covid-19 control step.
After two weeks of identifying Covid-19 patients in Bangladesh, the government went to the hard-line. The Bangladesh government banned all kinds of travel facilities and suspended road-transportation. Except for pharmacies, groceries, and other unavoidable needs shops, all types of business, non-essential organizations were closed.
To combat this epidemic, the government of Bangladesh increased the treatment facilities. The Health ministry recruited new 2000 doctors and 6000 nurses, and prepared new hospitals for the growing number of Covid-19 patients.
To avoid community transmission, the government banned all social, political, cultural rallies, and gatherings. Religious affairs ministry put restrictions on religious gatherings. As a step for Covid-19 control, Bangladesh suspended all kinds of incoming flights.
The Bangladesh government decided not to extend the public holiday after 30 May and made wearing masks and social distancing mandatory when people are outside. The government has decided that without the Covid-19 negative certificate from government-authorized testing centers, none of its citizens will be allowed to leave the country. To avoid gatherings, the government did not permit cattle markets in Dhaka on Eid-ul-Azha and inspired people to buy cattle online.
Despite many initiatives for Covid-19 control, about three lac people are affected within five months, and more than four thousand people have died of coronavirus in Bangladesh. Incoordination in all public sectors, lack of strict protocols, and lack of public awareness are the main reasons behind the growing number of Covid-19 affected people. Nevertheless, as a lower-middle-income country, with its limitations, the Bangladesh government is giving its utmost effort to fight against coronavirus.
- What steps has the Bangladesh government taken for Eid celebration during the Covid-19 situation?
As per the Bangladesh government’s decision, the people of Bangladesh celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr at their home, whereas during the time of Eid-ul-Azha, the prevalence of Covid-19 was slower than before, and so according to the government instructions the Muslims say their prayer in the mosques.
- Which obstacle does Bangladesh face most during Covid-19 control?
As Bangladesh is one of the densest countries on earth, during Covid-19 social distancing is challenging to maintain.