State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Saturday said that despite limitations in the health sector, the government is tackling the coronavirus situation bravely.
“Many more developed countries in the world have become helpless in the coronavirus situation but our government is bravely tackling the situation despite having limitations in health sector. Only maintenance of health guidelines can reduce the prevalence of coronavirus,” he said.
“We have to abide by the health guidelines to come out of the outbreak and give importance to awareness,” he said while inaugurating ambulance services programme at Jatiya Press Club.
Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) took the initiative to launch the ambulance services.
“The country’s death rate from coronavirus is now 1.23 percent while the death rate and the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in different countries in Europe, America and Russia is much higher, which shows how Bangladesh is tackling coronavirus,” he said.
Referring to BNP's role in tackling coronavirus, Khalid said: “As a political party, BNP failed to perform its duties with responsibility. People will throw them in the trash for this.”
He also urged BNP to shun doing politics over the coronavirus situation and stop making people panicked about it through criticising the government and playing a role with responsibility.
Mentioning Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as a media-friendly leader after the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Minister also urged the media owners to refrain from retrenching media people.
He also said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has thought about the people from all walks of life and stood beside the jobless people for the last two months.
Media is a pillar for Bangladesh’s development progress and it is needed to move the country forward and to institutionalise democracy, he added.
DUJ President Kuddus Afrad, General Secretary Sazzad Alam Topu, joint general secretary Khairul Alam and Organising secretary of Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) Habibur Rahman, among others, addressed the programme.
Bangladesh has so far reported 133,978 cases and 1695 deaths from coronavirus with the detection of 3,504 new cases and 34 deaths till Saturday.