Coronavirus: Bangladeshi teachers, students abroad voice concern
Bangladeshi expatriate teachers and students in at least eight countries have voiced concern yesterday over the rapid spread of coronavirus and called upon all people in the country to come together in fighting the pandemic.
Over a hundred expatriate teachers and students in a statement also recommended a number of suggestions, including collective efforts to combat coronavirus outbreak in the country.
"We are worried about our family members, relatives and people in Bangladesh amid the horrible situation. It is possible to thwart the spread if all-out effort is undertaken immediately," they said in the statement.
Citing the experiences of China, UK, USA and other countries, they said sufficient testing kits have to be supplied and intensive care units (ICUs) equipped with ventilators have to be set up at district and upazila levels across the country to fight the virus outbreak.
Overall safety measures must be ensured for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals by providing them with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), they said.
Apart from this, safety of the people who are engaged in dealing with patients voluntarily in the field level also have to be ensured.
The expatriate teachers and students also urged the government authorities concerned to ensure food for day labourers and low-income people free of cost and strictly control the price spiral of daily essentials during this time of crisis.
The authorities must ensure humanitarian livelihood of the people under the shutdown, they said.
The authorities also have to make sure that the coronavirus infected people are not harassed in any way, the statement added.