Congress MLA from Birbhum constituency has been doing rounds with an infrared thermometer in looking into checking people’s temperature following reports that people refuse to visit hospitals despite having a fever because of the stigma attached to Covid-19 and fear that they have to be under quarantine.
MLA Milton Rashid got the device from a friend in the health department by paying Rs 14,000 from his pocket.
The infrared thermometer can measure temperatures without having any physical contact.
The 44-year-old legislator has made it a necessity to tour at least 80km of the Rampurhat 1, 2 and Nahati 2 blocks every day with the thermometer.
“I am thinking of procuring one more such device so that two persons can check temperatures,” said Rashid, a lawyer by profession.
From Wednesday, Rashid has checked a total of 3,800 people belonging from all walks of life, including security guards, nurses and grocers.
He had come across six persons with fever and they were immediately referred to doctors.
Ashish Mal, a resident of Sitalgram village, said the MLA’s initiative had sparked some level of curiosity in villagers mind as the MLA was seen carrying the gun-like thermometer.
“We haven’t seen anything like that ever before,” said Mal standing more than an arm’s length away from the MLA.