COVID-19 Pandemic: How is Bangladesh coping with the rapid spread of coronavirus infection?

  • Sufia Islam Department of Pharmacy, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Fouzia Mannan Department of Sociology, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Tahiya Islam Department of Biomedical Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Sabera Rahman Department of Pharmacy, City University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Saki Sultana Liza Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management, and Perioperative Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
  • Mohammod Jobayer Chisti Nutrition and Clinical Services Division, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Rizwanul Islam Former Special Adviser, Employment Sector, International Labour Office, Geneva
Keywords: COVID-19, Bangladesh, awareness, pandemic, coronavirus, transmission

Abstract

The novel coronavirus has become a global risk because of its massive transmission and high rates of mutation. Efficient clinical management remains a challenge in combatting the severe acute respiratory syndrome caused by this virulent strain. This contagious disease is new to the people of Bangladesh. The country is at high risk of spreading the coronavirus infection particularly because of its high population density. Significant morbidity and mortality have been observed for the quick transmission of this virus since March 8, 2020. The basic objective of this article is to analyze the preparedness of Bangladesh, given its constraints and limitations, to cope with the rapid spread of COVID-19 infection. In doing so, it summarizes the origin of coronavirus, epidemiology, mode of transmission, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of the disease. Although many steps have been taken by the Government and the private sector of Bangladesh to create awareness about measures needed to prevent the deadly infections, many people are unaware of and reluctant to accept the prescribed rules. Inadequacy of diagnostic facilities and limitations of clinical care and health care services were major constraints faced in treating COVID-19 infected people in Bangladesh. Greater compliance by the people in following the suggested measures may help reduce the rapid spread of the disease and overcome the challenges faced by this pandemic.

Published
2020-10-31
How to Cite
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Islam S, Mannan F, Islam T, Rahman S, Liza SS, Chisti MJ, Islam R (2020) COVID-19 Pandemic: How is Bangladesh coping with the rapid spread of coronavirus infection?. J Infect Dev Ctries 14:1098-1105. doi: 10.3855/jidc.13289
Section
Coronavirus Pandemic