Health Desk- 28 June, 2020: Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed issued a stern warning to all members of the force of dire consequences awaiting anyone involved with narcotics in any way.
"When a person has cancer in a part of the body, that part has to be surgically removed," he said after inaugurating the newly-constructed barrack building of Uttara Regional Police Lines of Dhaka Metropolitan Police at Diabari in Uttara.
Speaking about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the police force and their strategy, the IGP said since the virus was first detected in the country on March 8, police started working to protect people from it, without waiting for protective materials.
The national death rate from Covid-19 infection is around 1.3 percent, but in the police force it is only 0.5 percent, as standard treatment facilities were ensured at police hospitals.
"We have converted the 250-bed central police hospital into a 500-bed hospital within two weeks. We rented a private hospital and set up a PCR laboratory in the central laboratory within 12 days, for treatment of Covid-19 infected police members," said the police chief.
"We are working on bringing Covid-19 infection down to zero," the IGP said.
At the beginning of his speech, the IGP expressed deepest condolences to family members of martyred frontline doctors, health workers, journalists, and others.
DMP Commissioner Shafiqul Islam presided over the programme. Moinur Rahman Chowdhury, additional inspector general of Police Headquarters; and Md Abu Sayed Chowdhury, deputy managing director of Abul Khair Group; also spoke at the ceremony.