About 2,000 bags of plasma were collected from Covid-recovered police personnel
Bangladesh Police have donated 1,600 bags of plasma to help out Covid-19 patients as part of their humanitarian effort or social service to the public.
Police said after receiving the emergency blood plasma, 82% of infected critical patients, who were under treatment at various hospitals in Dhaka city and other districts, had recovered from coronavirus.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Dr Md Emdadul Hoque, who is also deputy director of the Central Police Hospital (CPH) at Rajarbag, told Dhaka Tribune that the hospital collected 2,000 bags of plasma from policemen who had recovered from the virus.
“Of these, 350-400 bags of plasma were donated to policemen, while the rest of the 1,600 bags were donated to various hospitals, including Combined Military Hospital [CMH], Dhaka Medical College Hospital [DMCH], Square Hospital, United Hospital, Evercare Hospital [former Apollo] and Bangladesh Specialized Hospital for general people,” said Emdadul Hoque.
He said it was possible to donate plasma to the public as the recovery rate was higher than that of the infected in police force.
Police Headquarters sources said a total of 16,991 policemen have been infected during the Covid-19 pandemic. Of them 15,697 have recovered, 76 have died and 1,293 are under treatment at different hospitals or at their homes.
Currently, 155 policemen are receiving treatment at the Central Police Hospital (CPH) at Rajarbag Police Lines.
Police officials said they faced the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic at an alarming rate at the beginning. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), the largest unit of the force, experienced the highest infection rate due to police work in locked down areas.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) hence directed the force to maintain a three to four steps duty roster at all police stations or checkposts across the country so that if one group was infected the others could remain safe to discharge their duties.
A special team was formed to look after the infected policemen.
Apart from Rajarbag Central Police Hospital (CPH), Impulse Hospital, Traffic Barracks Medical Centre and Rajarbag School and College have been turned into Covid-19 isolation centres.
Police personnel who had been in contact with coronavirus victims were also removed from various police lines and kept in 35-40 separate places, including nearby educational institutions, hotels and temporary camps of the proposed police lines, CPH doctors said.
Members over the age of 50 were not sent out on duty unless needed. All kinds of security measures, including PPE usage, were strictly maintained, they added.