On April 21, Md Malek Khashru Khan, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Gacha Police Station in Gazipur metropolitan area, came to know that he was coronavirus positive.
"I was shocked to know that I was coronavirus positive. I couldn't speak for an hour," he said.
"Later, I went for a 14-day isolation at home. With the support of doctors, and my family members, now I am completely fine," added the police official while talking to The Business Standard.
"I have started my duty again with renewed strength," he added.
Like Md Malek Khashru Khan, 165 other police officials have won their battles against novel coronavirus. More than a hundred of them have joined in their duty stations and the rest others are in pipeline to join.
Malek Khashru Khan said that they were playing different roles since the beginning of this pandemic.
"We ensured home quarantine of the expatriates, participated in awareness raising campaigns and performed other activities. A sub-inspector of the police station, Mosharraf, suddenly started suffering from fever, and later he was tested Covid-19 positive on April 17," said the OC (investigation).
"On April 21, we heard that 34 police members of our police station have tested Covid-19 positive.
"Among the infected, 14 were admitted to Rajarbag Police Lines Hospital. I started home isolation for 14 days. The doctor advised me to increase the intake of warm water with lemon juice, ginger, and other spices. I've tested again on the 11th day, and this time it was negative," said Md Malek Khashru Khan.
"After a three-day break, I went for the test again and it was negative too," exclaimed the police officer.
Taking rest for a couple of days, he joined the police station, added Malek.
Md Malek Khashru Khan advised the field level police officers to be confident and follow the health and hygiene rules to prevent Covid-19.
Aminul Islam, assistant sub-inspector of Narayanganj Bandar Police Station, told The Business Standard, "Police members are to play diversified roles including ensuring social distance maintenance, burial or dead bodies and others. So, they are easily getting infected with coronavirus."
"We can get family members beside us in regular illness but this different. You are to fight alone.
"So, you need to keep your mind stronger," added Aminul.
As of Monday, 1,756 police members have been infected with Covid-19 as they are the frontline warriors. Besides, 4,803 police members are in home quarantine. The number is 165, who recovered the illness while 1,103 are in isolation.