‘Revolution in telemedicine services’

Staff Correspondent

16 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said a revolution has occurred in the telemedicine services.

“Telemedicine services have risen during the coronavirus pandemic. A revolution has practically taken place. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visionary and strong leadership has made it possible,” he said.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, came up with the remarks after inaugurating “Joy Bangla Telemedicine App” at a virtual ceremony from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital. Awami League Science and Technology Affairs Sub-committee has developed the app to get free healthcare service to people all over the country.

Quader said before the general elections in 2008, AL announced election pledges to build a digital country free of hunger and poverty with the optimum utilization of information and communication technology (ICT) in the golden jubilee of the country’s independence in 2021.

The Prime Minister announced a vision to establish a knowledge-based society having a strong footing in economy with the flourishing of ICT, he said, adding that the vision has turned into a reality before 2021.

Replying to a remark of Bangladesh Nationalist Party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir that two types of politics exist in the country, Quader said Mirza Fakhrul is right as the current politics has two trends — one is imbued with the spirit of War of Independence and the other one is based on Pakistani ideology.

One is aimed at building a prosperous country with the spirit of liberation war while the other based on communal ideology will take the country backwards, he said.

AL Advisory Council Member and Sub-committee Chairman Hossain Mansur presided over the event while AL Science and Technology Affairs Secretary and Sub-committee Member Secretary Abdus Sabur delivered the welcome address while Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh Assistant General Secretary Ranak Ahsan moderated the programme.