Rural people don’t care lock-down
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Residents of the village do not exactly obey the instructions to get out of the house. They are
not following the government’s guidelines of lockdown to prevent coronavirus infection.
Chatting is going on in various public places of villages like tea stalls, village markets, road sides
and different public places.
The chatter is breaking when they see the patrol of police. They are returning to the chat once
the patrol of police is gone. Such incidents are occurring in different areas of the country.
Meanwhile, public transport is closed on the roads.
After the announcement of the first coronavirus patient identification in Bangladesh, a general
vacation was declared to prevent infection. The government extended the holiday period also.
But most of the village people are not protecting the social distance for which the holiday is
Although the highways and the cities are comparatively empty during the public holiday
announced by the government. But the villages are completely different image. Boys are seen
playing cricket on the empty streets and fields. Although the government has repeatedly
requested to stay at home, but awareness in the rural area is quite low.
Twenty-four days after the first outbreak was detected in Bangladesh, the army, along with the
local administration, has taken to the field to maintain social distance and strictly confirm home
quarantine from last Thursday.
Meanwhile, shopping in the crowded marketplace of rural areas overlooking the lockdown. Like
the past few days, today the same picture was seen in the village markets of Moulvibazar.
Though the local administration is advised to avoid crowds.
What to do to deal with coronavirus? Every day, the government is giving messages to the
people of the country. Nevertheless, the senses of a part do not awake.
How was the market picture of Fultola Bazar of Juri Upozilla on Tuesday? Not only in Fultola
Bazar but also in Kolabari Bazar of Juri Upozilla, the fish shops were crowded as other days.
Local resident Sirajul Islam came to the market. Asked about buying in this crowded market, he
said, “There were more crowds on Saturday. I came to the market and left. Will I go back
today? There is no way. So I am shopping a little more today.”
The picture of Kolabari Bazar is the same. Almost no one is aware of the sellers. Crowds gather
at each other’s neck in this market. A shopkeeper of Kolabari Bazar Shahab Uddin said, “I’m
wearing a mask. I wash my hands well after selling products.” But is anyone going to save each
other’s touch in the short range of the market? The question remains.
Those who are coming to other markets of the country, they are coming out and giving their
reasons as well. Many people are moving out of the villages with CNG auto rickshaw. For
example, if shops are closed in different places in Juri Upozilla, the people moving to Kulaura
Upozilla. Vegetable, Fruit and fish markets are open in the countryside.
Ashraful Islam from Moulvibazar said, “People are moving in the tourist areas of Moulvibazar.
Many people are getting married in this vacation.”
Azizur Rahman, a health worker from Sagornal said, “There is no concern about the virus amid
people of the grassroots in our country.”
He said most people in villages believed that coronavirus would not spread as pandemic in
Bangladesh as in developed countries.
The spokesman of the World Health Organization of Bangladesh Dr Bardhan Jung Rana said one
of the steps that must be taken to prevent coronavirus infection is to maintain social distance.
He advised the public to be aware of the need for this social distance and to take strong steps
to bring the country together.
Doctors said the reason for the lockdown was announced, that the purpose of ‘social distancing’
is not being successful. As a result, there is a possibility of infection. Even if anyone have to go
to market, he should wear mask. At the same time, less distance of one meter with other
buyers and sellers must be maintained.
Many of those who go to the village markets do not wear masks as the Health Ministry has
been asked people to wear mask.
Hussain Ahmod Azad, a school teacher said, “the tension for novel coronavirus is mounting.
New infection cases are arising in the country amid different restrictive measures, including
lockdown, closing of all educational institutions and prohibiting mass gatherings — political,
social, religious or cultural.”
He further said, “for Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the
most important challenges are now: to enforce social distancing guidelines, self-quarantine at
home and to stop panic buying and spreading rumours.”
Md Jahangir Husen Sardar, the Officer In-Charge of Juri Thana told Bangladesh Post that police
is trying to make understand the people to follow the instructions of lockdown. They are
moving all rural markets daily to break mass gathering from all public places.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has suggested ‘partial or complete
lockdown’, the reality is Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries of the
world. So putting any city or the country under complete lockdown is very difficult impossible.
Under these circumstances, along with enforcing people to stay at home it is also essential to
motivate and awaken them for creating a willingness in their mind to follow the directives for
the sake of themselves from this deadly virus. The psychology of religion and motivated
behaviour can play a great role in this regard.