by Staff Correspondent, Dhaka,
A BRAC-Prothom Alo online “Eid Health Survey” released in Dhaka on Thursday would make health officials seek new ways to curb the spread of COVID-19 as it said a huge 61.10 were of the opinion that maintaining safe distance in public places is difficult.
While the mandatory and most essential way to prevent getting infected withe virus, which can be fatal in some cases, is unpopular due discomfort of the user.
The Lifebouy-powered survey by the top non-governmental organisation Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee and the Bengali daily Prothom Alo showed that the majority of responses, 61.10 per cent, said they could not maintain safe physical distance in public spaces during COVID-19 pandemic even if they want as others close by ignore the practice.
According to 67.40 per cent respondents, wearing masks caused discomfort and heat stress, while 20.90 per cent mentioned stuffiness and difficulty in breathing. While 72.60 per cent forget to wash their hands, despite the fact that it was beneficial.
The online event was graced by Unilever Bangladesh marketing director Afzal Hasan Khan, BRAC associate director Dr Morseda Chowdhury, and Prothom Alo special correspondent Shishir Moral.
A total of 320 thousand and 71 respondents came under the survey conducted from 31 July to 18 August (2020). The survey comprised 10 questions, five of which were on wearing masks, four on hand-washing and one on social distancing practices.
Mushtaq Hossain, former chief scientific officer, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said, “The public awareness campaign with messages about health safety need to continue. Hand washing stands with soap and water should be placed where necessary, while adequate diagnosis and quarantine facilities have to be ensured. We also need sufficient number of volunteers in every neighbourhood to ward off the social stigma around COVID-19 infection. Such opinion polls will help us have a better picture of what’s going on in the field.”
Unilever’s Khan said, “As a brand Lifebuoy has a mission to save lives.”
BRAC associate director Dr Morseda Chowdhury said, “BRAC has been working across the country covering 79 million people with a holistic measures comprising a mass campaign of personal health safety measures to raise public awareness, food and cash assistance for poor and unemployed households and other activities.”
Prothom Alo special correspondent Shishir Moral “The general public are not taking this danger quite seriously, but lack of rigorous surveillance of the situation may bring much more sufferings than we have experienced till now.”