Measures, gaps, and mitigation strategies in Bangladesh’s COVID-19 response

Abdullah Al Sattar, Nusrat Irin, Joseph P. Belgrad, Najmul Haider, Nurun Nahar Chisty, Md. Abu Shoieb Mohsin, Mohammad Foysal, Tridip Das, Md. Helal Uddin, Rubyath Binte Hasan, Jinnat Ferdous, Mahmudul Hasan, Rashed Mahmud, Mohammed Abdus Samad, Mohammad Giasuddin, Paritosh Kumar Biswas, Dirk Udo Pfeiffer, Nitish Chandra Debnath, Guillaume Fournié, Fiona M. TomleyMd. Ahasanul Hoque

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Abstract

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) spread rapidly from China to most other countries around the world in early 2020 killing millions of people. To prevent virus spread, world governments implemented a variety of response measures. This paper’s objectives were to discuss the country’s adopted measures to combat the virus through June 2020, identify gaps in the measures’ effectiveness, and offer possible mitigations to those gaps. The measures taken included screening device deployment across international air and land ports, flight suspensions and closures from COVID-19 affected countries, and declaration and extension of a national public holiday (equivalent to lockdowns in other countries). Identified gaps were test kit, PPE, ICU beds, and ventilator shortages, limited public awareness, and insufficient coordination and collaboration among national and international partners. Proper and timely risk mapping, preparedness, communication, coordination, and collaboration among governments and organizations, and public awareness and engagement would have provided sufficient COVID-19 mitigation in Bangladesh.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-389
Number of pages12
JournalEcohealth
Volume19
Issue number3
Early online date10 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022

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