Story of a COVID-19 fighter
‘Hot water gargle can relieve from coronavirus’
Published: 05:21 PM, 8 May 2020 Updated: 05:55 PM, 8 May 2020
Jahangir Alam, a resident of Bagmara upazila in Rajshahi, recovered coronavirus recently; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
Jahangir Alam, an engineer working at a garment factory in Narayanganj and a resident of Jatragachhi village in Bagmara upazila of Rajshahi – another one to win the battle against coronavirus (COVID-19). The warrior shared his experience from contracted by the deadly virus, being in isolation and, recovering.
Jahangir Alam was diagnosed with coronavirus on April 13 by the District civil surgeon Enamul Haque. He was the second in the Rajshahi district and the first patient in Bagmara upazila.
On Tuesday, he was tested negative in the sample test for the third phase. Even no coronavirus was detected in the body of other members of his family. As there was no patient identified, the upazila currently declared as the virus-free.
The young engineer said that he was able to conquer the virus by following home quarantine and following the health rules properly. “Regularly hot water gargle gave me the benefit of fighting coronavirus. I think this is enough to cure the virus patient.”
He said he was fine even after he was tested with coronavirus-positive. At that time, there was no problem other than mild cough. He took medicines (for fever, flu, cough, antibiotics) as per the doctor’s advice.
Engineer Jahangir said, “Since I came home, I did only gargle with hot water mixed with salt as per the doctor’s advice. I also drank mild hot water and tea regularly at home.”
He claimed that he got the benefit of staying in the home quarantine properly and not eating any cold food.
The coronavirus overcoming engineer urged everyone to stay at home following the rules given by the government. He expressed his gratitude to the local health department, administration, and people’s representatives for making him virus-free.
Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Golam Rabbani said the sample was taken in the second phase on April 18 after engineer Jahangir Alam contracted the coronavirus. Earlier on April 14, samples of other family members who came in contact with him were collected and sent to Rajshahi. “Their report came negative. Then the result of Jahangir’s sample also came negative.”
His samples were collected from the Upazila Health Complex in the third phase on April 25 and sent to a lab in Rajshahi. That result also came negative, he added.
Engineer Jahangir said he had been voluntarily in home quarantine since he came to his grandfather’s house from Narayanganj on April 6. But after coming home, he felt fever, cough, and breathing difficulties, so he took the advice of the doctor of the Upazila Health Complex.