The government has instructed the authorities concerned to strengthen surveillance and screening of people coming to Bangladesh from countries with confirmed Monekypox cases through the land ports and airports. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) issued a notice in this regard on Sunday. Also read: Monkeypox usually self-limiting but may be severe in some individuals: WHO According to the notice, Monkeypox is not a new disease. It was found among people in West and Middle African countries in the past. Recently it has been detected among people living in European and American countries with no history of travelling in the African countries. People who contracted the virus or came close to the infected people should be listed as suspected patients of Monkeypox, it said. The suspected patients or patients having symptoms should be taken to government hospitals or Infectious Diseases Hospital and kept in isolation and it should be reported to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).
Cross-border movement of passengers through land ports has been relaxed, considering the Covid-19 scenario in Bangladesh and the region. With the lifting of the restrictions Thursday, passengers travelling to Bangladesh through land ports will no longer be required to obtain any objection certificate (NOC) from Bangladesh missions abroad. Also, passengers exiting from the country through land ports will not be required to provide prior intimation to the concerned Bangladesh authorities before their exit. The regular immigration hours and days will resume with immediate effect at the currently operational six land ports – Benapole, Akhaura, Sonamasjid, Hili, Darshana and Burimari – for cross border movement of passengers. Read: MoFA introduces Public Diplomacy wing
Amid the skyrocketing onion prices in the local market, consignments of Indian variety of the essential kitchen item have finally started entering Bangladesh through different land ports on Saturday.
The government on Sunday banned entry of foreign nationals through the country’s land ports to prevent transmission of coronavirus.