Health dept keeping eye on Dulu’s Gopalganj residence
Now panic has gripped the villagers of Kalinagar in Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj over the arrival of an Ivory Coast returnee, who passed through Shahjalal International Airport without being screened on October 16, there.
Mohsin Ullah, 26, of the village, however, said he was not infected by Ebola virus.
Kazi Shariful Alam, civil surgeon of Munshiganj, said Mohsin had suffered from fever in Ivory Coast but he was sent back to Bangladesh following recovery.
Local administration yesterday collected his passport and relevant documents.
Our Gopalganj correspondent reports, the health department in the district has taken steps to keep constant watch on the residence of Abul Hossain Dulu who returned from Ebola-affected Liberia on October 9.
Fearing for his life, Dulu fled his native village, Nagra, with his family on Sunday night after villagers started panicking when reports of Dulu coming out of the Dhaka airport without any health check reached them, said his neighbours.
Kotalipara Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Pabitra Kumar Kunda said they had been keeping an eye on Dulu’s house so that they could complete his health check-up as soon as he returned home.
Shahjahan Kabir, assistant health inspector, and Hassan Mian, health assistant, of the upazila health complex have been assigned to observe Dulu’s residence, said Pabitra.
The move came after The Daily Star had run a report headlined “Ebola fear grips Nagra village” yesterday.
The report said this Ebola epidemic was the worst since the discovery of the virus in 1976, claiming over 4,500 lives so far.
It further stated that Dulu could not be diagnosed as he directly went to his village from the capital.
When the news report came to the attention of the villagers, they started panicking.