A major in the Bangladesh Army is making the rounds in Brahmanbaria to inform foreign returnees about the importance of self-quarantine
As a major in the Bangladesh army, Mahfuz Alam swore to protect the nation from all threats – the biggest of which at the moment is the highly contagious coronavirus.
"How are you? Is everything alright?" he asks foreign returnees during his regular door-to-door visits.
"Thank you for staying in quarantine. Please ask other people who have recently returned from abroad to stay home as well," he tells the expatriates.
A major in the 6th East Bengal Regiment posted at the Cumilla Cantonment, Mahfuz has been working at the field level to create awareness among people following army deployment by the government on Thursday.
"Coronavirus can be prevented if home quarantine is maintained properly," Mahfuz told journalists during a routine awareness drive at the Kazipara area of Brahmanbaria municipality on Sunday.
Thanking the returnees on behalf of the Bangladesh Army, he asked them to stay in home quarantine for 14 days.
ABM Mashiuzzaman, assistant commissioner (land) of the Sadar Upazila, Brahmanbaria Municipality Councillor Shah Md Sharif and the municipality Sanitary Inspector Rezaul Karim, were also present during the drive.
As of Sunday afternoon, 2,646 people were under home quarantine in Brahmanbaria, 109 of whom were added in the last 24 hours.