Covid-19 leaves long-term impact on survivors08 May 2021
Staff Reporter :
Research finds "Long COVID" as the upcoming Public health emergency in Bangladesh. A specialized Multidisciplinary team from Bangladesh, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Sweden, and United Arab Emirates states that 22.5% of Covid-19 survivors in Bangladesh have persistent symptoms even after seven months of Covid-19 negative.
The symptoms are termed as "Long COVID" and it can persist up to 28 weeks or even more. An inception cohort of 14392 Covid-19 cases has been conducted by a multi-national team from the Centre
for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), Kent Brain Injury Foundation, and Jashore University of Science and Technology (JUST), the preliminary result has been presented in a Webinar.
Mohammad Anwar Hossain, Head of Physiotherapy department at CRP, Professor Dr. Iqbal Kabir Jahid, Chairman of the Department of Microbiology at Jashore University of Science and Technology, and Dr. Mohamed Sakel, a leading neuron-rehabilitation physician of NHS-UK and Founder President of Kent Brain Injury Foundation led the research.
KM Amran Hossain and Karen Saunders from the cross-specialty team member of East Kent Hospitals University NHS FT Hospitals presented the study outline. The research found major symptoms like fatigue, unusual pain, breathing problems, sleeping problems, headache, and problems in concentration or memory.
Other team members were Dr. Lori Maria Walton from the University of Scranton, Dr. Zakir Uddin from McMaster University, Dr. Veena Raigangar from the University of Sharjah, Dr. Manzur Kader from Karolinska Institute, I. M. Mostazir Billah & Fauzia Nusrat Zeva Tamanna from Kent Brain Injury Foundation, and Dr. Md. Feroz Kabir from Jashore University. The team recommended exercise, diet, and sleep as the key to battle long COVID. Physiotherapy can be a choice of evidence-based treatment for long fatigue and musculoskeletal pain, they added.
Dr. Md. Sohrab Hossain, Executive Director of CRP announced rehabilitation services for long COVID are being provided by the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Savar and Mirpur Centre.