Experts in a webinar on Tuesday said more tests, proper quarantine and lockdown can bring a solution to the Covid-19.
Ark Foundation and Center for Law and Policy Affairs (CLPA) jointly organised the webinar titled "Health Management in Covid-19 Situation: Bangladesh and Vietnam Context" where speakers voiced their concerns regarding Covid-19.
Various Public health specialists, academicians, scientists and development workers from Bangladesh, the United States and Vietnam took part in the webinar, said a press release.
Dr Rumana Huque, professor at Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and executive director of ARK Foundation, moderated the webinar.
Tests, quarantine and lockdown are of utmost importance and need to be implemented as soon as possible, said Dr Pham Quang Thai, member of the Vietnam Corona Prevention and Control Committee and Rapid Response Information Team.
Dr Pham further mentioned that they had taken lessons from other countries, which made them do precise contract tracing of Covid-19 patients and lockdown areas where they had been, along with people they had come in contact with.
"Twenty-five ministries worked in cooperation with our National Corona Prevention and Control Committee to stop further escalation of the virus leading to only one infection per thousand," he added.
Frontline health workers such as doctors and nurses need to be trained in order to be more prepared in dealing with the virus, said Prof Mahmudur Rahman, former director of IEDCR.
Countries such as the US and the UK are under fire for not being able to tackle Covid-19, whereas Vietnam and South Korea have shown great promise as to how the situation needs to be handled, said Dr Tolib Mirzoev, head of Research at the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, at the University of Leeds.
The budget of Bangladesh for the FY20-21 is ordinary because it seems they have not taken the Covid-19 pandemic into consideration, said Dr Jahangir Khan, senior health economist of Liverpool school of tropical medicine.
At the same time, the allocation for the health sector is unplanned, he added.
Along with Dr Khaleeda Islam, former director of Primary Health Care & Director (PHC) & Program Manager, NNHP & IMCI, DGHS, Syed Mahbubul Alam, secretary at CLPA and Dr Rumana Huque, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Executive Director, ARK Foundation, also spoke on the occasion.