Coronavirus Outbreak

Quader warns action to deal with graft, forgeries

Staff Correspondent

17th June, 2020 10:41:43 printer

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday asked the law enforcement agencies to take strong action against irregularities in medical equipment procurement and issuance of fake Covid-19 certificates.

“A vested quarter has been active with an ill motive over the coronavirus testing. Such attempt should be handled with an iron fist,” he told a virtual press briefing from his official residence in the capital.

Media reported that a vested quarter had been issuing fake certificates on COVID-19 to people when they went for testing the coronavirus infection.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said that the stance of the government against corruptions and irregularities is clear.

Irrespective of party affiliation, the wrongdoers will not get any shelter, he said. 

“The way the government has taken stern action those involved with relief distribution process, it will go tough against those involved in other irregularities,” he said.

The AL spokesperson also came down heavily on the Bangladesh Nationalist Party for its attempt to demoralize the frontline fighters of the coronavirus.

“They (BNP) have been blindly criticising the government and making pessimistic comments on coronavirus crisis in the name of correcting the mistakes of the government,” he said.

“BNP has taken a policy of spreading falsehood and rumors without standing by the countrymen and the nation. Such falsehood is an ill attempt to demoralize the frontline fighters of coronavirus crisis,” he added.

Calling upon BNP for extending their support to overcome coronavirus crisis, Quader said they should take off the rusty glasses.

“BNP never sees the initiatives of the Sheikh Hasina government in tackling coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

The minister also urged the authorities concerned including health ministry, city corporations and law enforcement agencies to take necessary measures to make effective zone-wise lockdown across the infected areas.

He also criticised people for ignoring health instructions for tackling coronavirus infections.

“We’ve worriedly observing that coronavirus infections and transmissions have reached a new high in the country. Virus infections and deaths from COVID-19 are also increasing every day,” he said.

Quader said the World Health Organization (WHO) has also warned of new infections of coronavirus in South Asia and America.

New COVID-19 cases were reported in China, he said, adding that everyone must be aware of the consequences of coronavirus transmissions.