No oxygen crisis: Quader

Staff Correspondent

6 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Monday said there is no crisis of oxygen supply in the country.

“There is no crisis of oxygen supply in the country. There may be a lack of coordination.  However, the Prime Minister has already given instructions to ensure adequate supply of oxygen in a coordinated manner in areas where it is needed urgently,” he said.

Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said this while addressing a virtual press briefing from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.

The minister came up with the remark as many hospitals of the country have been suffering from short supply of oxygen.

The country reported highest 164 deaths from Covid-19 till Monday morning while recorded the highest-ever 9,964 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Referring to the purchase of coronavirus vaccine, Quader said more vaccines would reach the country on time. “In the meantime government has been able to collect 4.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines. It is a reflection that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina fulfilled her pledge to people over vaccine purchase,” he said.

Mentioning that evil politics of Bangladesh Nationalist Party(BNP) has failed, Quader said Bangladesh would be successful in collecting the required number of vaccines under the Prime Minister’s diplomatic skills and visionary leadership.

There is no alternative to building fort at household level to prevent the rising trend of coronavirus infection, he said adding that all should take optimum cautionary measures against the invisible enemy.

Responding to the criticism of BNP leaders over the Prime Minister’s speech in 13th sessions of parliament, the AL general secretary said this criticism of BNP is just an exercise of denying the shining truth.

He said although the BNP leaders randomly made harsh remarks, they could not say clearly which statement of the parliament leader was untrue.