Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB)-A new mobile phone application called 'GoMedKit' has been launched, aiming to deliver medicines to the customers within 59 minutes.
State for Information and Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak inaugurated the new app at a ceremony held at the Waterfall Convention Center in the city on Monday night.
Addressing the event, Zunaid Ahmed Palak said,” Health care has now reached the doorsteps of rural people through community clinics. And now it's time for tele medicine.”
Combining the internet with education does something great and the real example of which is 'GoMedKit', he said adding, “This year, the Prime Minister has set a budget of Tk 100 crore for startups. We will have all the support we need to help such local startups get acquainted with the global platform. There will be software and financial support.”
Professor Shibli Rubaiyatul Islam said that this initiative of Dhaka University students Sohanur Rahman and Sourav Azam will benefit many in busy city Dhaka.
“It is necessary to launch such service everywhere to meet the urgent need. In this age of information technology, the country will continue to innovate one after another,” he said.
Sohanur Rahman said currently the service will be available for 24 hours in Dhaka city and gradually it will be launched across the country.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday cleared the way for newly appointed principal of Viqarunnisa Noon and College Fouzia Rezwan to join her post.
Without imposing any restriction on her joining, the court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why her appointment should not be declared illegal.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Khairul Alam came up with the rule.
With the order, there is no bar for Fouzia Rezwan to join her post, said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam.
Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond stood for himself as the writ petitioner while the attorney general and Deputy Attorney General Amit Dash Gupta represented the state.
On Sunday, the government appointed Fouzia, an official of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) and principal of Sabujbagh Government College in Dhaka, as the principal of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College.
Later on Monday, Eunus, former member of the Governing Body of the institution, filed a writ petition challenging the appointment. On the day, the court asked Fouzia to refrain from joining the post till further order.
In 2018, acting principal Nazneen Ferdous and two other teachers of the institution were removed over the suicide of Aritree Adhikari, a student of the school.
On December 7, 2018, the authorities concerned appointed its assistant professor Hasina Begum as new acting principal.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – Two schoolgirls died of dengue in Dhaka and Kushita on Tuesday while the government said 615 new patients were hospitalised across the country in the last 24 hours until the morning.
Eleven-year-old Tarin, a fifth grader, and daughter of Nasir Talukdar from Gosairhat upazila of Shariatpur, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
Inspector Bachchu Mia of DMCH police camp said Tarin was hospitalised on April 12. “She died at the ICU around 2:45pm,” he said.
Meanwhile, Juthi, a class-V student from Kushtia, died while being taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH). The 11-year-old was the daughter of Joynal Ali of Naboganga village in Bheramara upazila.
Kushtia Civil Surgeon Dr Roushan Ara said Juthi was admitted to Kushtia General Hospital on September 13 with dengue. “But her family took her home before she had recovered,” she said.
On Tuesday, Juthi was taken to Bheramara Upazila Health Complex in a critical condition. Doctors suggested her family to shift her to RMCH but she died while being taken there.
Meanwhile, 615 new dengue patients were admitted to hospitals across the country in 24 hours till 8am. Of them, 198 were hospitalised in Dhaka, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
About 2,485 patients are currently being treated at hospitals across the country, it said.
Since the beginning of this year, 82,454 people were hospitalised with dengue, most of them in Dhaka. Of them, 79,766 or 97 percent made full recovery.
Since January, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) received information about 203 dengue-related deaths. It has so far reviewed 116 cases and confirmed 68 dengue deaths.
DGHS data show 11,357 patients were infected with dengue in September while the number of patients was 52,636 in August.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved a project involving Tk 2,388.40 crore to set up a 100-bed full-fledged cancer centre in each government medical college hospital in every divisional city.
The Ecnec cleared a total of eight projects with an estimated cost of Tk 8,968.08 crore.
The approval came from an Ecnec meeting held at the NEC conference room with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
“Today, the meeting approved eight projects and the estimated cost of the project is Tk 8,968.08,” said Planning Minister MA Mannan while briefing reporters after the meeting.
Of the cost, Tk 8,952.59 crore will come from the national exchequer, while the rest 15.49 crore from the funds of the agencies concerned, he said.
Of the approved projects, five are new and the remaining three are revised ones.
The Planning Minister said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) will implement ‘Establishment of 100-bed Full-fledged Cancer Centre in Government Medical College Hospital in Divisional City’ project.
The project will be implemented from October 2019 to September 2022.
The remaining four new projects are ‘Mymensingh (Raghurampur)-Fulpur-Nakla-Sherpur (R-371) Regional Highway Development’ project involving Tk 855.49 crore, ‘ Upgrading pavement of the Bindur Mor-Biman Bandar-Naohata Bridge portion of Rajshahi-Naohata-Choumasia Road into four-lane’ with Tk 326.87 crore, ‘Construction of Rahonpur-Monakasha 400-KV Transmission Line in Chapainawabganj for importing electricity from Jharkhand of India to Bangladesh’ with Tk 225.49 crore, and ‘Research on Prevention and Control of Zoonosis and Transboundary Animal Diseases’ with Tk 150.42 crore.
The three revised projects are ‘Ashrayan-2 Project’ (3rd revised) involving with the cost of Tk 4,826.16 crore, ‘Widening Upashahor Mor-Sonadighi and Malopara Mor-Sagorpara Mor roads in Rajshahi city’ (2nd revised) project with Tk 126.40 crore, and ‘Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation Capabilities of IMED (SMECI)’ (3rd revised) project with Tk 65.85 crore.
The Planning Minister said the implementation rate of Annual Development Programme (ADP) was 4.48 percent in the first two months (July-August) of the current fiscal year, which is higher than 3.49 percent in the same period of the last fiscal year.
He said the ADP expenditure is Tk 9,626 crore till August in 2019-20 fiscal year, which was Tk 6,318 crore in the same two months of 2018-19 fiscal year.
Bagerhat, Sept 17 (UNB) - Divers recovered the body of a man, who went missing in the Bhairab River while bathing on Monday, from Kebighat in Sadar upazila here on Tuesday morning.
The deceased was identified as Sohel Sheikh, 38, son of Abdul Mazid of Baghmara village in the area.
Masud Sardar, deputy assistant director of Bagerhat Fire Station, said Sohel went missing on Monday noon while bathing in the river in Old Bazar area.
Two units of Bagerhat and Khulna fire service launched a rescue operation Monday and found the body one and half kms off the spot today, he said.