Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) - A total of 615 new patients with mosquito-borne disease dengue were admitted to hospitals across the country in the last 24 hours till 8am on Tuesday.
Of them, 198 were hospitalised in Dhaka and 417 in other parts of the country, 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 and 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 the 17 days of September while the number of infections 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 the 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 own 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.
Sept 17 (UNB) – Grief-stricken family of young man of Biswanath upazila who was found dead in a jungle of Slovakia on his way to France form Ukraine has sought government’s assistance to bring back his body.
Family members of Farid Uddin, 35, has submitted a petition to Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen in this regard through district Awami League General Secretary and former MP Shafiqur Rahman Chowdhuy.
Shafiqur handed over the petition to the minister on Monday.
Talking to reporters after handing over the petition, the former MP said the minister assured that the government will extend all sorts of assistance to bring back Farid’s body.
Family sources said Farid, son of Samshad Ali of Karikona village in the upazila and a former officer of Biswanth branch of Eastern Bank Ltd, went missing in the Slovakia jungle on September 2 on his way to France from Ukraine.
His body was recovered from the jungle on September 9.
Victim’s brother Kawsar Ali, a UK expatriate, said Farid along with six other Bangladeshis and a broker started for France from Ukraine on August 28. They reached the Slovakian jungle after walking on foot for two days.
However, Farid fell sick on the way and went missing in the jungle on September 2 while others reached France.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) - Planning Minister MA Mannan on Monday urged all to wage a social movement apart from raising awareness to prevent money-laundering.
“People will have to launch a social movement to stop this evil practice and strengthen the issue of tax fairness,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion on tax fairness arranged by Campaign for Good Governance (SUPRO) at the Cirdap auditorium.
The minister said the current government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is implementing a number of people-friendly schemes like social safety net and healthcare extension alongside development projects.
“We’ve given highest importance to tax fairness to properly implement the projects,” he added.
Mannan, however, said although the country is witnessing economic growth, income inequality is also widening. “The government is aware of this. We’re making a progressive taxation system and ensuring that the tax money is really spent for people.”
He further said the government has set up community clinics across the country to strengthen the social safety net and ease the healthcare system.
The minister said that country's communication system has been modernised with the tax money. “The infrastructure of the country changed drastically in the last 10 years,” he added.
Former Chairman of the National Board of Revenue Md Abdul Majid and Prof Dr MM Akash of Dhaka University also spoke at the programme with SUPRO Chairperson Abdul Awal in the chair.