Form national health command: Experts

Staff Correspondent

26 June, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The Government should establish ‘national health command’ to strengthen monitoring over corona pandemic following the existing law to control communicable disease, experts opined.

National health command is a comprehensive platform of medical emergency operations and other bodies for preventing major pandemics system.

Addressing a webinar on Wednesday, policy makers and rights activists also claimed that the lockdown order didn’t improve the situation as people enjoy ‘general holidays’.

Centre for Law and Policy Affairs (CLPA) Trust organised the meeting  on digital platform to review the state of pandemic situation in the country.  Ark Foundation partnered with the initiative.

Member of Parliament Shameem Haider Patwary, Bangladesh Cancer Society Hospital Project Director Golam Mohiuddin Faruque and Ark Foundation Executive Director Romana Haque spoke in the session presided by advocate Syed Mahbubul Alam. Kaniz Kanta and Tamanna Tabassum presented findings of the research. CLPA trust study reveals that local administrations that didn’t prioritise the recommendations of health department is implementing lockdown or general holidays.

According to the survey, around 62 percent citizens consider corona situation as a pandemic while 37 percent participants mean corona as a communicable disease.

Regarding the perception of lock down, majority of people (70 percent)  described the order as general holidays  while only 30 percent understand the lockdown situation.

Poor and daily labour section representing informal economy went out of home to survive livelihood amid lockdown or general holiday period, the study pointed out.

Additional Secretary Golam Mohiuddin Faruque said health department should lead the position to tackle any emergency situation amid pandemic though scenario is deferent in our country.

Lawmaker Shameem Haider Patwary recommended inclusion of public health specialist in policy making to overcome pandemic situation in sustainable way.


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