Dhaka – Bangladesh on Thursday received the first consignment of medical equipment from China to face the threats posed by the global outbreak of novel coronavirus, officials said.
Ten thousand testing kits, 10,000 personal protection equipment (PPE) and 1,000 thermometers are among the stuff flew in to Dhaka by a chartered aircraft from the Chinse city of Kunming, head of Bangladesh’s health directorate Abul Kalam Azad.
The consignment came amid allegations that physicians at Bangladeshi hospitals refrain from treating patients due to lack of protective gears prompting the government to issue an order Wednesday to treat the patients without gears.
The order, however, was withdrawn Thursday in the face of protest as the physicians cite World Health Organization prescription to use medical mask, gown, googles, face shield, heavy duty gloves and boot to treat the Covid-19 patients.
Bangladesh, which reported 44 coronavirus patients five of whom dead, will receive yet another consignment of medical gears by Saturday from China’s Jack Ma foundation, said Azad.
The consignment will include 30,000 testing regents, 300,000 masks.
On Thursday, an official said Bangladesh diagnosed five more people with coronavirus positive, raising the number of patient to 44. The country reported the first three cases of Covid-19 on March 8.