Hiding epidemic disease is a crime: DGHS...

Dhaka, Sunday   20 September 2020

Hiding epidemic disease is a crime: DGHS

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 05:59 PM, 7 August 2020  

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Professor Dr. Nasima Sultana, additional director general (administration) of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said on Friday that if someone has a fever-cough or similar symptoms at such a time, the sample must be tested without hiding it. It is a crime to hide the epidemic disease.

She said this at a regular online briefing of the DGHS in the capital.

She said if anyone has any symptoms at the moment, the sample must be tested. If anyone has a fever or a cough, they cannot be hidden. Because it is a crime to hide the epidemic disease. So if anyone has any signs or symptoms of coronavirus, they must do the sample test and help to prevent the disease.

Nasima Sultana further said that the health rules that we always say must be followed. Such as wearing a mask properly, washing hands frequently with soaps, maintaining physical distance, or avoiding public gatherings. Everything has to be done at once, not separately. Then we can tackle the coronavirus. Moreover, those who suffer from non-contagious diseases will be much more alert. Because if they are infected with the virus, the risk for them increases a lot. So your protection is in your hands, she added.

The additional director general of the DGHS also said that 27 more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 3,333 in the country. Besides, the tally of infections has surged to 2,52,502 as 2851 new cases were confirmed during the period.

A total of 12,699 samples have been tested at 84 authorized coronavirus testing labs across the country over the last 24 hours. Of these, 2851 have been diagnosed with coronavirus, bringing the total number of positive cases to 2,52,502, she said. 

Meanwhile, 1940 more people have recovered from the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries in the country to 1,06,963, the health official said.