Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium's indoor might be used as coronavirus patients quarantine centre. The latest example of the use of sports facilities in disaster situations is Edgbaston Cricket Stadium in Birmingham, England. The county team Warwickshire's home venue has become a corona test centre now.
In addition of providing medical care to injured patients, corona examination centre has been built in the parking area of Edgbaston for the NHS (National Health Service) staff, so that the personal health protection of the employees is not endangered, agencies report.
Bangladesh will also use the sports facilities for coronavirus if needed, announced by the State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell. He had said this a few days ago. However, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is very generous in this regard and have no objection to being allowed to use the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Although the Chief Executive of the Board, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, looks at the matter a little differently.
Nizamuddin said, "Look, we are not the owners of the field. It is owned by the NSC (National Sports Council). So we don't have anything to say, if the government want to use their structure. However, I would like to say that we will do our utmost to help."
The number of coronavirus infected people are increasing day by day, there was nine infected patient day before and today it became double (18). Which is pretty worrying right now. Who can say that the conditions of the day will not deteriorate further. Then Bangladesh may need to build quarantine centre in different places. Especially large installations can be a good option in this case.
In the meantime, the Bashundhara Group has proposed to the government to make 5,000 beds hospital in their International Convention City (ICCB). However, such a thing is difficult to do on the playground as it is under the open sky. However, there are many other establishments along the grounds in Mirpur. There are academy buildings, indoor cricket practice place.
The Chief Executive of the BCB feels that indoor can be a good option, in this case, "If we want to do something in the stadium, then we will have to cover the whole stadium before. This is again time-consuming. But we do have one indoor. If we want to make quarantine centre or anything like that, then I think indoor is the best option. There is enough space. Management work can also be done quickly."