A man and his minor son were killed and 12 other people injured following a collision between a pick-up van and a microbus on Mymensingh-Kishoreganj highway in Dangri area of Nandail upazila on Saturday morning.
The deceased were identified as Fahad Alam, 32 and his son Turan Alam, 5, hailing from Sribardi upazila of Sherpur district.
Abdul Malek, team leader of fire service of Mymensingh, said that the accident took place around 9:45am when the Kishoreganj-bound microbus collided with the pick-up van, leaving Turan dead on the spot and Fahad critically injured.
Later, Fahad died on the way to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.
The other injured people were admitted to Nandail upazila health complex and Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.
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A truck driver, who was beaten in Bhabaniganj Shibzait area of Bagmara upazila on Friday night for running the vehicle on two goats, died at a hospital early Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Abu Taleb, 33, resident Jhalmolia area of Puthia upazila.
Rezaul Karim, officer-in-charge of Puthia Police Station, said when two goats were crushed under the truck when it was being driven by Abu Taleb around 7:30pm and he tried to flee the scene.
But the goat owner along with locals riding on 10-15 motorcycles chased the truck and managed to catch the driver in Basupara of Puthia upazila around 8:15pm.
Later, they beat him mercilessly, leaving him critically injured.
The injured was rushed to Puthia upazila health complex where he died around 3:30am.
Police detained five local people in this connection.
Members of Bangladesh Police on Friday arrested a suspected militant from Bhola Sadar upazila.
He was identified as Md Sarwar Hossain Sohag, 25, son of Nurul Islam of the upazila. Police claimed he is a member of banned militant outfit “Ansarullah Bangla Team.”
Sohel Rana, Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police Headquarters, said a team of Police’s Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU) conducted a drive in Bhola Sadar Police Station area and arrested Sohag around 2:30pm.
He along with other accomplices were spreading instigating messages through different social media platforms and plotting to carry out sabotage activities at different spots of the country, claimed the AIG.
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Police also seized a mobile phone and documents linked to extremism from his possession.
Meanwhile, a case was filed with Bhola Sadar Police Station against Sohag and some unnamed associates.
A total of 965 health workers, including doctors and nurses, have been tested positive for coronavirus in ten districts under Khulna division.
Besides, six health workers have died from coronavirus during this period till September 15, said sources at Department of Health Services in Khulna.
According to the information, received from the health services authorities, 161 health workers including physician have been infected with Covid-19 in Khulna, 182 in Jashore, 81 in Jhenaidah, 88 in Narail, 105 in Kushtia, 63 in Chuadanga, 65 in Magura, 88 in Satkhira, 35 in Meherpur and 97 in Bagerhat districts.
Of these, 37 physicians have been infected with the virus in Khulna district. Of them, 34 health workers including doctors of Khulna Medical College and Hospital (KMCH) tested positive for coronavirus.
Dr Suhash Ranjan Haldar, an assistant registrar of KMCH was reported tested positive for Covid-19 on August 22 in Khulna. He was also involved in providing training to different police officials, nursing staff and employees about protesting Covid-19.
Talking to Dr Suhash, he said “How I got contracted with Covid-19, have no idea and But I recovered from the disease within 10-12 days after maintaining proper health guidelines and strong courage though everyone was concerned about my health condition due to my bulky physical condition.”
Sadia Monowar Usha, medical officer of Khulna civil Surgeon office (disease control), who was also infected by the disease, said “Coronavirus is not a matter of panic. I got admitted to the hospital with fever, respiratory problems and sore throat for 14 days. But I have provided medical services through telemedicine after being infected with Covid-19.”
Dr Mohammad Mehedi Newaz, general secretary of Khulna Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) and vice-principal of KMCH, said “The health workers are working relentlessly as a front like workers for tackling Covid-19 and many of them got infected with the virus as about 5/6 percent health workers and doctors have been reported tested positive for coronavirus.”
“At the beginning, many health workers and doctors have contracted with the virus due to poor safety measures but now the safety measures of the health workers have been ensured but there is a lack of N-95 mask. N-95 masks are needed for those who came in direct contact with a Covid-19 patient. The supply of such masks is short,” he said.
He also urged the government to continue the process to supply security equipment to the hospitals for ensuring safety of the health workers.
“70 percent medical treatment is being provided from private hospitals and clinics and the physicians and health workers of government owned hospitals are enjoying the facilities provided by the government, which is absent in private clinics and hospitals,” said Mehedi.
He also urged the authorities concerned of the private hospitals to ensure every facility to the health workers and doctors.
Dr Rasheda Sultana, director of Khulna Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), who was also tested positive for coronavirus, said “I have joined in my workplace after 21 days. The doctors and physicians are getting infected with the virus as they made close contact to the Covid-19 patients directly.”
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Bangladesh’s health authorities detected 1,593 new cases across the country after testing 13,673 samples that raised the number of total cases to 3,44,264.
Bangladesh saw the death of 36 more patients till 8 am on Thursday increasing the death tally to 4,859. The mortality rate from the disease is 1.41 percent in the country.
At least four people were killed and 19 others injured after two buses crashed into each other on the Dhaka-Khulna Highway in Mugi area of Magura Sadar upazila on Friday afternoon.
Police could not immediately confirm identities of the deceased.
Officer-in-Charge of Magura Police Station Joynal Abedin said a bus of Shohagh Paribahan collided head-on with a Khulna-bound bus of Chakladar Paribahan at 1:30pm leaving three people dead on the spot.
Another man died after being taken to the hospital, the OC said.
After the accident, the Chakladar Paribahan bus plunged into a roadside ditch as another bus of Highest Paribahan hit it from behind, he said.
Vehicular movement remained suspended for two hours after the accident, the OC said, adding that the injured were admitted to the Sadar Hospital.
Police seized the three vehicles but their drivers are on the run, he added.
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At least 459 people were killed and 618 others injured in 388 road accidents last month, according to a report prepared by Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity.
According to it, motorcycles were responsible for 28.98 percent of the accidents, trucks and covered vans 21.61 percent, buses 16.12 percent, auto-rickshaws 8.74 percent, battery-run rickshaws and easy bikes 9.77 percent, human hauler 7.71 percent and jeep and microbus 7.03 percent.