Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader stressed the need for enhancing coordination between health directorate and the health ministry in providing coronavirus treatment and containing the spread of the pandemic.“According to media reports, there is a lack of coordination between health directorate and ministry. So the authorities concerned should ensure smooth coordination between them,” he said.
Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said this while addressing a virtual press briefing from his official residence in the capital on Tuesday.
The minister came up with the remark as the health ministry and health directorate are at loggerheads over the signing of a deal with Regent Hospital after the disturbing discovery of the hospital’s involvement in issuing fake Covid-19 test results.
Neither the ministry nor the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) is now taking the blame.
The minister urged authorities concerned to increase Covid-19 sample testing as the test is declining but the infection rate is still higher.
“The authorities concerned should take effective and expeditious initiatives to send necessary materials for testing as per the capacity of the labs,” he said.Mentioning that many helpless, jobless and poor people do not come for testing even after showing signs of coronavirus as they will have to pay fee for that, Quader said, “It is a matter of great concern. I am requesting the concerned department to determine what to do in this regard.”
The Awami League general secretary said issuing fake certificates of the Covid-19 test result have raised concerns and caused a risk for the country’s image abroad.
“Such misdeeds are a reprehensible and punishable crime, the authorities concerned should increase surveillance so that no other organization can commit such crimes in the future,” he said.
Talking about cattle markets, Quader expressed concern over the negligence in maintaining health guidelines in the cattle markets in the different districts.
Over recent flood situation, Quader said the flood has damaged people’s homes and crops, livestock and other resources.
Leaders and activists of the Awami League and its allies will provide humanitarian assistance to the flood victims alongside the government, he said.