17th May 2020
EP Report

Some 24 employees in the power sector have contracted Covid-19 while serving their duty.


These confirmed coronavirus patients are mostly from three power distribution companies.


Of the total infected officials, 10 are from the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB).


Staffers who are responsible for maintaining the distribution system, including line-men and meter reader, are at higher risk of getting infected.


Meanwhile, no infection has been reported from the energy sectors as yet.


Dhaka Power Distribution Company's (DPDC) 10 staff members have also contracted the virus.


"Among them, four are hospitalized and the rest were kept in isolation," said Engineer Bikash Dewan, Managing Director of DPDC.


"Our staff members are relentlessly working to keep the electricity supply uninterrupted. Most of the infected employees work on the field level," he said.


Bikash Dewan wondered why these dedicated power sector staffs are not counted as the frontline fighter of the pandemic.


Meanwhile, four staff members from Dhaka Electricity Supplying Company (DESCO) that supplies electricity in Dhaka North and Tongi city have also contracted the virus.


The company took all possible initiatives to keep its employees safe and protected by providing safety gear, according to DESCO authorities.

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