Members of the Armed Forces are set to start their fieldwork across the country in full swing on Wednesday to help the civil administration ensure that people maintain social distancing and coronavirus suspects remain in quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus.
They will be draped in personal protective equipment (PPE) while in duty, said an official of the Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) Directorate.
On Monday, the government decided to deploy members of Armed Forces — Army, Navy and Air Force -– ‘in aid to civil power’ to tackle the coronavirus situation.
Following the government’s directives, army members were sent to all the districts on Tuesday as part of the deployment. They also held coordination meetings with the local administration.
The army members will start their field activities on Wednesday.
They will prepare lists of coronavirus-infected people and assist the civil administration to take effective steps to ensure that those returned from abroad remain in home-quarantine.
Army will also provide medical assistance at the division and district levels, if necessary.
Similarly, members of Bangladesh Navy will work to assist the civil administration in coastal areas while members of Bangladesh Air Force will airlift necessary medical supplies and emergency transport.
Contacted, ISPR Director Abdullah Ibne Jayed told UNB that members of Armed Forces will wear PPE when they will be on duty to assist the local administration for their own safety.
He said they will formally start discharging their duties on Wednesday.
Sources at the ISPR Directorate said members of Bangladesh Navy were deployed in 19 upazilas of six coastal districts on Tuesday. The upazilas are Sadar, Borhanuddin, Doulatkhan, Charfasson, Monpura, Lalmohon and Tajumuddin in Bhola district, Sandwip in Chattogram district, Hatiya sans Sobarnachar in Noakhali, Teknaf, Kutubdia and Maheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar, Mongla in Bagerhat and Sadar and Amtali, Betagi, Bamna, Patharghata and Taltali upazilas of Barguna district.
Navy members have already started their work to assist the civil administration in those coastal upazilas.
They are also conducting their regular patrolling alongside their newly-designated duties.
Bangladesh on Tuesday confirmed its fourth death from coronavirus and reported six more new cases, taking the number of cases to 39.
However, the number of Covid-19 patients in the country is now 30 with the death of four and five already making recovery.
Source: United News of Bangladesh