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PM and our crisis heroes

Nadeem Qadir

9 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has yet set another example for others to follow as lawmakers, districts chiefs, organisational chiefs and heads of all other services. It is honouring the one section of the frontline fighters who are every second risking their lives to protect us from the dangerous COVID-19.

It is the frontline medics whom the prime minister honoured by declaring a series of measures to recognise their services to the nation. The armed forces, polce, RAB, media, some NGOs and private organisations have also come forward in aid of humanity.

This is always true that crisis makes new heroes like our 1971 Independence War. It drew people from all walks of life like students, housewives and farmers, seeking independence under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman amid Joy Bangla (Victory to Bengal) shouts.

Again, the Bengali nation is under attack by another enemy, but an “invicible” one —- COVID-19. But it too has produces new heroes who too should be recognised in a way that is suitable for them. I have added in this piece two young men who died without treatment. The premier rebuked those for not keeping their holy pledge to serve the humanity. One cannot agree more with her comments as published in the media: ““I want to reward those who have been engaged directly in the fight against COVID-19 since March  .... This incentive is not for those who fled for their own safety and left patients to go from door to door for treatment.”  Thus she rightly put out the flags of “directly” and “not for those who fled.” Those who “fled” need not be upset, but rather do the job they have so far failed to do and the premier will welcome you in her arms with her motherly love. 

It is clearly the head of government drawing a line between the heroes and cowards.

A 36-year-old Bangladeshi scientist at the famed International Centre for Diarhoel Diseases and Reseracg, Dr. Nuhu Amin’s formula for handwash with water and locally available detergent was approved last week by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It will now be WHO’s official and most effective handwash against COVID-19. Hats off to him!

“The project started in 2010 as my first research on joining the ICDDR,B to find out a low-cost handwash for the slum people for whom a regular soap is expensive,” he said, adding that one mini detergent packet mixed with one and half lire water does the work.

In reply to a question,  Amin said he ‘invented,  conceptiualised and institutionalised the handwash.”

One young man who lost his battle with cancer due to the inhuman attitude of some doctors who refused to treat them fearing he had coronavirus.

He is Sumon Chakma. We must remember him in solemn prayers and tell his parents even in death their son is our hero. We bow our heads in shame for failing to save him.

In his Facebook, he wrote as he felt seriously ill that “I am not infected with coronavirus. But it seems I have to die for (the) situation created due to coronavirus.” He was a patent of cancer and lung complexities.

Our mother-like premier has remembered them with honour . Let their be a befitting gesture to their parents to console their losses.

The writer is the Consulting Editor, Daily Sun.

 


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