Mashrafe: Captain for people in COVID-19 fight...

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Mash’s unique initiatives to fight coronavirus

 Ranajina Khanam, Narail Correspondent

 Published: 09:45 PM, 29 May 2020   Updated: 09:47 PM, 29 May 2020

Photo: DailyBangladesh

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Former Bangladesh national cricket team captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza, also known as Narail Express is the most successful captain in the history of cricket in this country. He has won the hearts of millions of spectators with his bat and ball with indomitable morale even after severe injuries and surgeries on several times. Similarly, he has won the hearts of the people of the constituency through all exceptional activities even after entering the field of politics, amid the coronavirus situation. He is working relentlessly for the development of Narail.

Recently, millions of people around the world have been infected with the deadly virus. More than five hundred people have already lost their lives in Bangladesh.

In the words of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, 'piece of diamond' Mashrafe bin Mortaza has also been widely praised in his constituency for all the excellent initiatives against coronavirus. Humanitarian MP Mashrafe also sold his favorite bracelet at Tk 42 lakh through auction to fight coronavirus. This money is being distributed among the victims to deal with coronavirus.

Mashrafe bin Mortaza was born on 5th October 1983 in the village of Mahishkhola in Narail. His father's name is Golam Mortaza Swapan and his mother's name is Hamida Begum Balaka.

From an early age, he preferred to play football and badminton instead of studying much. His interest in cricket grew in his early youth.

Mashrafe had got a chance to represent himself in Bangladesh national team after playing only one match for Bangladesh ‘A’ team. He made his Test debut against Zimbabwe at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on 8th November 2001, and in 2009 he became the captain. However, he was stumbled repeatedly due to injury. However, indomitable morale could not be suppressed Mashrafe. Narail Express star Mashrafe bin Mortaza stepped down as captain of the ODI team after the third ODI match against Zimbabwe on March 6, 2020.

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Earlier, he had participated in the Eleventh Parliamentary Election from Narail-2 constituency on 11th November 2018 under the banner of Bangladesh Awami League, embracing the ideals of the Father of the Nation and the spirit of the great war of liberation. In the election held on 30th December that year, he was elected MP by a huge margin of votes.

After being elected, he started a new innings in the field of politics like. He started working with the dream of transforming the neglected Narail district into a model district. He conquered a place in the hearts of the people as a successful representative in all fields including various initiatives to improve the quality of medical services of the hospital, development of roads and infrastructure.

Mashrafe bin Mortaza moved to his constituency soon after the coronavirus infection started in Bangladesh recently. He himself went to different areas of Narail-2 constituency comprising all but five union parishads of Narail Sadar and Lohagara Upazilas and started campaigning to create awareness. Then he took various steps to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

In times of crisis, Mashrafe bin Mortaza has stood by the people of Narail personally as well as government support for the health and food security, including medical services in Narail.

He is also working in the service of humanity through the Narail Express Foundation, an organization founded by Mashrafe.

He is the first to think for the doctors, nurses, health workers, media workers, and volunteers, who work to deal with coronavirus. He has distributed 640 PPEs with personal funding. He also set up a disinfection room at the entrance of Narail Sadar Hospital and set up a 'Doctors Safety Chamber' to protect the doctors.

Mashrafe launched the mobile medical service in Narail under the slogan ‘Not patients to doctors, doctors to patients’ when patients were afraid to come to the hospital for medical treatment. Through the Narail Express Foundation, the mobile medical team has distributed medical services and free medicines to more than two thousand patients in remote areas of Narail Sadar and Lohagarh Upazilas.

He introduced 'Tele-medicine service' so that patients can avail of medical services using digital technology. Every day patients are receiving services from different areas through mobile. Two ambulance of Narail Express Foundation donated by Mashrafe bin Mortaza, are always engaged in the service of ordinary patients, including coronavirus infected.

A Corona Unit with 10 beds for coronavirus infected patients has been set up at Narail Sadar Hospital and Lohagarh Upazila Health Complex on the advice of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.

Mashrafe recently joined the Prime Minister in a video conference from Narail district to launch an ICU unit at Narail Sadar Hospital and demand special allocations for food security for coronavirus victims in the locality.

Meanwhile, Mashrafe bin Mortaza has distributed washable masks, handwash, soaps, and hand gloves for the safety of 144 inmates in Narail District Jail.

In addition to raising awareness about coronavirus, he has also taken commendable steps in food security. Humanitarian MP Mashrafe has personally distributed gifts and food items to at least 10,000 people including day laborers, motor workers, van drivers, agricultural workers and small traders, sportspersons, teachers, imams, and people of different walks of life through Narail Express Foundation in collaboration with various organizations.

It is learned, that gift items were distributed to 4,000 families through party leaders, 3,000 families through Narail Express Foundation, and 1,000 indigent former and current players and 600 workers in buses, minibusses, trucks, and motor vehicles through district sports association.

Besides, the imams and muezzins of the mosques have been provided with food and cash, 50 kg of rice has been donated to each orphanage, and madrasa, food and cash has been provided to 50 priests through the district Puja celebration council.

He has also secretly distributed gifts among the indigent leaders and activists of Awami League, Mahila Awami League, Juba Mahila League, Juba League, Swechchhasebak League, Krishak League and Chhatra League.

Mashrafe bin Mortaza came to Narail and went from door to door in several UPs to look for people and deliver gifts on his own hands. He has extended a hand of cooperation with cash to the van drivers.

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He also keeps an eye to ensure 100 percent transparency in the preparation and distribution of Prime Minister's gifts, government relief lists. During the holy month of Ramadan, a traveling iftar campaign was conducted on the streets so that no fast-prayer faces trouble in breaking the fast.

He stands by the farmer in this critical moment of Coronavirus. The agro-friendly MP has used his personal communication to purchase four combined harvesters to harvest rice; s that, the farmers could breathe a sigh of relief in this difficult time of labor crisis.

He also continues to serve the people of the area with important decisions, including dealing with coronavirus, by taking joint decisions through WhatsApp groups conduct with political leaders, social workers, administrative personnel, police forces, intelligence agencies, university teachers and doctors.

Narail-2 MP Mashrafe bin Mortaza said about the future plans to deal with coronavirus, everything will be done to deal with the situation. However, there is no separate plan. In the coronavirus situation, I am working for food security, including safety for the people of my constituency.”