Coping with Pandemic: Food drive, medical camp of Army continues in Dinajpur
Members of Bangladesh Army have provided food assistance to at least 1,000 people in all 13 upazilas of Dinajpur since July 1, from when a "strict lockdown" has been declared to stem the spread of Covid-19 infection across the country.
The recipients, mostly daily wage earners, were given the assistance and free medical treatment, as they remained jobless after various restrictions were imposed on movement and businesses as part of the lockdown.
So far, the 66th Infantry Division of the army have been distributing food relief and providing medical treatment to affected people in Nawabganj, Biral, Bochaganj, Chirirbandar, Parbatipur and Dinajpur Sadar upazilas.
On Saturday, at least 600 people in Biral, Bochaganj and Dinajpur Sadar upazilas received food aid from the army.
Brig Gen Khandakar Shafiquzzaman, PSC station commander of Bir Uttam Shaheed Mahbub Cantonment in Parbatipur upazila, visited the upazilas and observed distribution of food among the affected population in the upazilas.
On Saturday noon, he took part in a food drive at the playground of Rajarampur Government Primary School in Dinajpur Sadar upazila, where 300 jobless people received food aid.
Earlier, at Biral Government College ground, he distributed food to more than 300 people from Biral and Bochaganj upazilas.
While speaking with journalists, Brig Gen Khandakar Shafiquzzaman said that Bangladesh Army has always been playing a pivotal role in every crisis faced by Bangladesh.
Members of Bangladesh Army made contributions from their salaries to raise fund for the food drive, he added.
Salma Begum, a 70-year-old woman from Rajarampur village, said her son, the breadwinner of her family, has been without a job since the lockdown started. "We've been facing a difficult time due to the lockdown, but the food given today will help us survive."
Major Abdullah Al Imran of the 66th Infantry Division said such programme of Bangladesh Army to help the people will continue during the pandemic situation, so people can stay at their homes.