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COVID-19 is a stark reminder that no one is safe until everyone is safe: Hasina

Bd news,11 Nov 2020:
A sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects will never be possible without multilateral efforts at the global level, Sheikh Hasina has said.

The prime minister highlighted the threats posed by a ‘recent trend of protectionism and xenophobia in some countries’ in ending the pandemic at a virtual event organised by Spain on Tuesday.

Pedro Sánchez, prime minister of Spain, and Stefan Löfven, prime minister of Sweden, also joined the event titled “Call for Action to reinforce multilateralism”.

Bangladesh’s GDP registered a 5.24 percent growth in 2019-20 fiscal year despite the pandemic thanks to the allocation of $14.14 billion, or 4.3 percent of the GDP, by the government to protect livelihoods, Hasina said.

“However, unless a multilateral effort is undertaken at the global level, global recovery will not commence and will never be sustainable.

“The recent trend of protectionism and xenophobia in some countries may bring further sufferings for the innocent people and adversely impact the peaceful multilateral environment,” she said.

She urged the global leaders to guard against “this type of activities which are detrimental to international peace, security and global development”.

“In today’s globalised world, constructive multilateralism is not an option; it is the only way-out for a rules-based international order and common progress of humankind,” Hasina said.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder that no one is safe until everyone is safe,” she said.

In order to reduce inequality, eradicate poverty and protect our planet by reducing carbon emissions, all the countries need to work together and reinforce multilateral efforts, the prime minister said.

Hasina said that multilateralism is at the core to face today’s unique challenges caused by COVID-19. “The significance of multilateral cooperation is now more evident than ever due to the current global pandemic,” she said.

She said world leaders laid emphasis on shared responsibility and collective efforts for unified prosperity in the Political Declaration adopted on Sept 21 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN. The adaptation of the declaration also aims to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement

“However, to achieve the benefits out of these international instruments and understanding, strong multilateralism is required,” Hasina said.

She noted that the spirit of multilateralism and international cooperation is enshrined in Bangladesh’s constitution, which states: “We may prosper in freedom and may make our full contribution towards international peace and cooperation in keeping with the progressive aspirations of mankind.”

Bangladesh is a flag bearer of multilateralism and strongly pursues international peace and security by its high presence in the UN Peacekeeping and peacebuilding process. We have adopted the ‘whole of the society’ approach in realising the SDGs, she said.

“We are equally committed to implementing the Paris Agreement. As such, Bangladesh has been honoured to be chosen to lead the 48-member Climate Vulnerable Forum for the second time. We have also qualified to be graduated from LDC status in which the UN system played a crucial role.

“It reflects our commitment and trust in multilateralism,” the prime minister said

“COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that global prosperity is embedded in collective actions, unity and international cooperation. History proves that any deviation from this united approach will only bring disastrous effects for the humankind,” she added.

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Bangladesh reports 64 new virus deaths, a daily record; caseload crosses 145,000

Desk,30 June:
Bangladesh has registered 64 new deaths from the novel coronavirus infection, the highest in a single day, raising the body count to 1,847.

The caseload surged to 145,483 on the back of 3,682 positive tests for COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8am Tuesday, according to the health directorate.

Another 1,844 infected patients recovered at home and in hospital in the same period, taking the tally to 59,624, DGHS Additional Director General Nasima Sultana said in a media briefing. The recovery rate from the disease currently stands at 40.98 percent, while the mortality rate is 1.27 percent.

The latest fatalities include 52 men and 12 women. In terms of their ages, seven were between 31 and 40, six between 41 and 50, 21 between 51 and 60, 16 between 61 and 70, 11 between 71 and 80, while three were over 81 years.

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Average life expectancy in Bangladesh rises to 72.6 years: survey

The average life expectancy at birth in Bangladesh climbed to 72.6 years in 2019 from 72.3 in 2018, according to the national statistical agency.

The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics published a report on the country’s vital statistics on Tuesday.

The average life span of men rose to 71.1 years, up from 70.6 in 2018. Women’s life expectancy also rose by seven months to 74.2 years, noted AKM Ashraful Haque, project director of the study.

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Bangladesh loses four doctors to COVID-19 in a day

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Bangladesh to recruit another 2,000 doctors, 3,000 health workers to fight coronavirus

desk:29 may
The government is hiring another 2,000 doctors and 3,000 medical technologists, technicians and radiographers to tackle an aggressive coronavirus outbreak in Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the recruitment and the process of appointing medical technologists, technicians and radiographers has begun, Habibur Rahman, the director of management information system at the health directorate, told bdnews24.com on Thursday.

The recruitment will take May appointment counts for doctors and other health workers to a record 10,000.

Earlier, in the first week of May, the government recruited 2,000 doctors and 5,000 nurses to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

They have started working at COVID-19 hospitals across the country as the recruiting process ended a week ago, Habibur said.

Dhaka Civil Surgeon’s office is providing them with training about the treatment of COVID-19 patients and hygiene protocols to keep them safe.

“The directorate is recruiting a record number of 10,000 doctors, nurses and health officials in a single month something the Directorate General of Health Services never experienced before,” Habibur said.

As many as 1,200 technologists, 1,650 technicians and 150 radiographers will be recruited to treat COVID-19 patients and they will be deployed in hospitals and medical laboratories once the situation becomes normal, he added.

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How Covid-19 may affect the brain

Desk,18 april:
A pattern is emerging among Covid-19 patients arriving at hospitals in New York: Beyond fever, cough and shortness of breath, some are deeply disoriented to the point of not knowing where they are or what year it is.

At times this is linked to low oxygen levels in their blood, but in certain patients the confusion appears disproportionate to how their lungs are faring.

Jennifer Frontera, a neurologist at NYU Langone Brooklyn hospital seeing these patients, told AFP the findings were raising concerns about the impact of the coronavirus on the brain and nervous system.

By now, most people are familiar with the respiratory hallmarks of the Covid-19 disease that has infected more than 2.2 million people around the world.

But more unusual signs are surfacing in new reports from the frontlines.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last week found 36.4 percent of 214 Chinese patients had neurological symptoms ranging from loss of smell and nerve pain, to seizures and strokes.

A paper in the New England Journal of Medicine this week examining 58 patients in Strasbourg, France found that more than half were confused or agitated, with brain imaging suggesting inflammation.

“You’ve been hearing that this is a breathing problem, but it also affects what we most care about, the brain,” S Andrew Josephson, chair of the neurology department at the University of California, San Francisco told AFP.

“If you become confused, if you’re having problems thinking, those are reasons to seek medical attention,” he added.

“The old mantra of ‘Don’t come in unless you’re short of breath’ probably doesn’t apply anymore.”

– Viruses and the brain –

It isn’t completely surprising to scientists that SARS-CoV-2 might impact the brain and nervous system, since this has been documented in other viruses, including HIV, which can cause cognitive decline if untreated.

Viruses affect the brain in one of two main ways, explained Michel Toledano, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

One is by triggering an abnormal immune response known as a cytokine storm that causes inflammation of the brain — called autoimmune encephalitis.

The second is direct infection of the brain, called viral encephalitis.

How might this happen?

The brain is protected by something called the blood-brain-barrier, which blocks foreign substances but could be breached if compromised.

However, since loss of smell is a common symptom of the coronavirus, some have hypothesized the nose might be the pathway to the brain.

This remains unproven — and the theory is somewhat undermined by the fact that many patients experiencing anosmia don’t go on to have severe neurological symptoms.

In the case of the novel coronavirus, doctors believe based on the current evidence the neurological impacts are more likely the result of overactive immune response rather than brain invasion.

To prove the latter even happens, the virus must be detected in cerebrospinal fluid.

This has been documented once, in a 24-year-old Japanese man whose case was published in the International Journal of Infectious Disease.

The man developed confusion and seizures, and imaging showed his brain was inflamed. But since this is the only known case so far, and the virus test hasn’t yet been validated for spinal fluid, scientists remain cautious.

– More research needed –

All of this emphasizes the need for more research.

Frontera, who is also a professor at NYU School of Medicine, is part of an international collaborative research project to standardize data collection.

Her team is documenting striking cases including seizures in Covid-19 patients with no prior history of the episodes, and “unique” new patterns of tiny brain hemorrhages.

One startling finding concerns the case of a man in his fifties whose white matter — the parts of the brain that connect brain cells to each other — was so severely damaged it “would basically render him in a state of profound brain damage,” she said.

The doctors are stumped and want to tap his spinal fluid for a sample.

Brain imaging and spinal taps are difficult to perform on patients on ventilators, and since most die, the full extent of neurologic injury isn’t yet known.

But neurologists are being called out for the minority of patients who survive being on a ventilator.

“We’re seeing a lot of consults of patients presenting in confusional states,” Rohan Arora, a neurologist at the Long Island Jewish Forest Hills hospital told AFP, saying that describes more than 40 percent of recovered virus patients.

It’s not yet known whether the impairment is long term, and being in the ICU itself can be a disorienting experience as a result of factors including strong medications.

But returning to normal appears to be taking longer than for people who suffer heart failure or stroke, added Arora.

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Carew & Co produce affordable hand sanitiser

carew_shikkhaSarup Das:
Demands for hand sanitiser and liquid soap has spiked following the global coronavirus outbreak. Against this backdrop, Carew & Co in Darsana is all set to mass-produce hand sanitisers to meet the growing demand.

The country’s only state-owned distillery has already produced hand sanitisers on a test basis and will start marketing it soon at affordable prices.

The company is now waiting for a nod from Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC) to start their production. It will be marketed under the name ‘Carew’s Hand Sanitizer’.

“Our hand sanitisers consist of 60 to 70 percent rectified spirit, glycerine, colour and fragrance. Expert chemists have been involved with the production and this sanitiser can kill any virus instantly,” said Jahid Ali Ansary, managing director of Carew & Co.

“We are capable of producing as much as needed and we plan to sell it through our distribution points — 13 warehouses and three sales centers. We plan on setting up selling points in front of the corporation’s head office and in front of the industries ministry. It can also be sold through pharmacies across the country,” he said.

The company plans on charging Tk 60 for a 100ml bottle of hand sanitiser, which according to Ansary is much cheaper than the ones available in the market.

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Bangladesh confirms three new cases of coronavirus

Staff Correspondent,19 march:
Bangladesh has confirmed three new cases of coronavirus, all from the same family, taking the total to 17.
The victims, including two men and a woman, came into contact with a Bangladeshi returnee from Italy. Two of them are suffering from fever while another is showing symptoms of mild fever.

The victims have been hospitalised.

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Homoeopathy for Prevention of Corona virus Infections

The outbreak of a mysterious new CoronaVirus is rapidly spreading. The whole world is going through the fear of this Corona Virus, the Research Councils under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India have issued advisory based on the Indian traditional medicine practicesAyurveda, Homeopathy and Unani.

As per the Ayurverdic Practices the following Preventive Management Steps are suggested.

• Maintain personal hygiene.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available.

• Drink Shadang Paniya (Musta, Parpat, Usheer, Chandan,Udeechya & Nagar) processed water (10 gm powder boiled in 1-liter water, until it reduces to half). Store it in a bottle and drink it when thirsty.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your face during cough or sneeze and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

• Preferably, use an N95 mask while traveling or working in public places to avoid droplet transmission

• If you suspect Corona Viral infection, wear a mask and contact your nearest hospital immediately.

Prophylactic Measures/Immunomodulatory drugs as per the Ayurvedic practices.

• Measures shall be taken to strengthen the immune system through a healthy diet and lifestyle practices.

• Agastya Harityaki 5 gm, twice a day with warm water.

• Samshamani Vati 500 mg twice a day.

• Trikatu(Pippali, Marich & Shunthi) powder 5 gm and Tulasi 3-5 leaves (boiled in 1-litre water, until it reduces to ½ liter and keeps it in a bottle) keep taking it in sips as and when required.

• Pratimarsa Nasya: Instill two drops of Anu taila/Sesame oil in each nostril daily in the morning.

* This advocacy is for information only and shall be adopted in consultation with registered Ayurveda practitioners only.

At the instance of Ministry of AYUSH, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy(CCRH) discussed the ways and means of prevention of Coronavirus infection throughHomoeopathy in 64th meeting of its Scientific Advisory Board on 28th January 2020. The Group of Expertsinter-alia has recommended that homoeopathy medicine Arsenicum album30 could betaken as prophylactic medicine against Coronavirus infections, which has also beenadvised for prevention of ILI.It has recommended one doze of Arsenicum album 30, daily in empty stomach for threedays. The dose should be repeated after one month by following the same schedule incase Coronavirus infections prevail in the community. The Expert Group has furthersuggested that general hygienic measures for prevention of air-borne infectionssuggested by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, for prevention ofthe disease should also be followed by the public.


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Every upazila to get 100-bed hospital

Staff Correspondent: DHAKA: A 100-bed hospital will be set up in every upazila of the country, said State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Murad Hassan.

He was addressing said a programme at Moulana Akram Khan hall of the National Press Club on Friday (April 26).

The state minister, as the chief guest, said according to the election manifesto and announcement of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, 100-bed hospital will be set up in every upazila of the country in a bid to reach quality health and nutrition services to the doorstep of every people of Bangladesh.

“Sheikh Hasina Medical College will be set up in Jamalpur. I announced that a 250-bed hospital will be set up here. The 50-bed health complex of Madarganj upazila will be upgraded to 100-bed one”, he added.

Jamalpur Journalist Forum organized in Dhaka arranged the programme.

With organization’s president Abu Sayeed in the chair, the programme was also addressed by Engineer Mosharraf Hossain MP, BTRC Chairman Md Jahurul Haque, President of Federal Union of Journalists Molla Jalal, Press Club General Secretary Farida Yasmin, among others.

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