Don’t stop airing health bulletins: Quader

Staff Correspondent

13 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday urged the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) not to stop delivering health bulletins on coronavirus update completely.

“The DGHS can air the health bulletins twice a week instead of stopping it completely,” he said.

Quader, also the general secretary of Awami League, made the statements at a virtual view-exchanging meeting from his official residence with officials of Sylhet zone of road, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC).

The DGHS stopped broadcasting their everyday bulletins on coronavirus from Wednesday. Now they are issuing news releases.

Quader urged the authorities concerned to take the matter into cognizance so that rumours cannot be spread.

“If the health department stops updating information on coronavirus infections and deaths, people would start ignoring health guidelines,” he said.

He further said the government has already banned mass gathering events to check the growth in the number of coronavirus cases.

“So, holding human chains and political programmes during this period of time would increase the risk of coronavirus transmission,” he said.

About ignoring health rules, charging additional fare and harassment of passengers in public transport, the minister said transport owners should go by the law.

Quader warned that they would get tough with them if they don’t stick to health guidelines.