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Brac hands over Ashkona centre to set up quarantine centre

  • Published at 07:35 pm April 16th, 2020
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They also started collecting Covid-19 related community-level data from the union level

Brac has handed over its 430-room learning centre in Ashkona to the government to be used as a quarantine facility for the returnee migrants.

Brac handed over the facility on Thursday, according to a press release.

Asif Saleh, executive director of Brac, said all returnees from abroad should stay in quarantine for 14 days for public safety and the safety of their family members, which they will be able to do with relative ease if there are suitable quarantine facilities adjacent to Dhaka.

“This idea and commitment to the society have led Brac to hand over its relatively large learning centre in Ashkona to the government," he said.

Brac executive director also urged individuals and organisations to join its fundraising initiative to come in aid of people living in ultra-poverty and in urban slums.

According to the press release, Brac also partnered up with the government in a pilot program to collect Covid-19 related community-level data from today at the union level.

Brac is also set to start a kiosk-based Covid-19 testing separately at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka and Narayanganj on a pilot basis.

The organisation has, so far, distributed more than 600,000 sachets of liquid soap, soap bars and hand sanitisers across the country. Health workers and mass people received more than 55,000 surgical masks and 81,000 gloves for personal protection against Covid-19 from Brac. 

Besides, it has already started manufacturing reusable masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) through its hygienic home-based production units and distributed approximately 350,000 masks and 2,150 PPEs.

Alongside running an extensive information, education and communication campaign at the community level, Brac is also conducting mass and digital media campaigns to sensitise people with messages of respiratory hygiene, social distancing, coughing etiquettes, and hand washing. 

Renowned physicians, artists, policymakers and senior Brac officials have joined the campaigns to raise awareness.

Details of Brac’s fundraising initiative can be found at https://www.brac.net/covid19/donate/

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