Mohammad Mushtuq Husain, advisor to the IEDCR
The Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research went for contract tracing and follow-up after coronavirus made inroads in the country. The clusters with maximum numbers of cases were put under lockdown. The IEDCR got good results by locking down Shibchar, Tolarbagh and Gaibandha. The situation would not have turned so bad if it had continued that procedure.
When the number of coronavirus cases continued to go up in different parts of the country, the IEDCR had to stop contract tracing and follow-up due to a shortage of manpower. Later, the health directorate took over all responsibilities, and the IEDCR was assigned the job of doing research on pandemic control. Contract tracing and follow-up are essential in pandemic control.
For the last two months, we have been saying that not all areas can be put under a lockdown or reopened at once.
After a gradual decrease in the rate of infections in different red zones, we have to open them. We have to work in a targeted way. This is what is being done now. If lockdown in the capital’s Razabazar turns out to be effective, other areas having the highest numbers of coronavirus cases will be locked down. Proper lockdown in the red zones will be useful in curbing infections. This is for the first time that we are witnessing community participation. From a city corporation mayor to ward councillors, all are working together.
Coronavirus transmission will slow down if a 14-day lockdown remains in force in this way. There is nothing right or wrong when it comes to making a decision during a pandemic. Decisions need to be taken based on experiences. The moment a decision appears to be right, it has to be taken without hesitation. We hope to get good results in the zones with a two-week lockdown.